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    Eminent domain constitutional amendment filed in the House

    The first substantive bill of the 2015 session of the General Assembly is one that we’ve seen before. It’s an eminent domain constitutional amendment. An eminent domain amendment to the N.C. Constitution has been a frequent topic in the General Assembly since the 2005 Kelo v. New…
    Barry Smith, January 15, 2015
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    Waiting on an Eminent Domain Amendment

    In a recent op-ed, Scott Mooneyham questions why the legislature doesn’t seem that interested in private property rights. He very well may be right that the legislature doesn’t care enough about private property rights, but his reasoning isn’t on target. The legislature has decided not to push an eminent…
    Daren Bakst, September 15, 2011
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    Congress and Eminent Domain

    American Thinker recently published my op-ed on a bill in the United States House that would make it more difficult for state and local governments to abuse their eminent domain power. In addressing why eminent domain reform is a federal issue and not just a state issue, I…
    Daren Bakst, May 18, 2011
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    Federal Eminent Domain Bill

    Yesterday, the United States House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill entitled the “Private Property Rights Protection Act” (H.R. 1433) that would prohibit the federal government and states (and their political subdivisions) from engaging in economic development takings.  If the states do engage in these takings,…
    Daren Bakst, April 12, 2011