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Saturday, July 2nd 2005

Fixing Eminent Domain

The Supreme Court decision broadening eminent domain was one step from activism. The court didn’t order the government to do something, but it broadened it’s powers significantly in order to allow it to.

Luckily, the Republican controlled house understands the importance of property rights. The new measure restricts the use of federal dollars to build transportation projects on land gathered through eminent domain. Granted, this doesn’t help the citizens of New London’s waterfront but considering the most common use of eminent domain was the seizure of land for roads and light rails and highways, over the past half century, I think it’ll put a dent in the practice.