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2008-09-19 12:00:19

Dozens of property owners showed up at City Hall Tuesday to tell city officials not to seize their homes and businesses. It was a healthy reminder. The topic was a planned 12-year extension of eminent domain authority in North Long Beach. The real issue was trust. City officials tried to reassure the crowd of about 200 that homeowners had nothing to fear because Proposition 99, approved by voters in June, would protect them. This is partly true, but there are many exceptions (they still...

2006-10-25 03:00:18

By Garnett, Nicole Stelle This Article challenges a foundational assumption about eminent domain-namely, that owners are systematically undercompensated because they receive only fair market value for their property. In fact, scholars may have overstated the undercompensation problem because they have focused on the compensation required by the Constitution, rather than on the actual mechanics of the eminent domain process. The Article examines three ways that "Takers" (i.e., nonjudicial...

2006-06-23 18:00:19

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush issued an executive order on Friday to limit the U.S. government from taking private property only for the benefit of other private interests, like corporations. The order came exactly a year after a divided Supreme Court ruled a city could take a person's home or business for a development project to revitalize a depressed local economy, a practice known as eminent domain. "The federal government is going to limit...

2005-11-03 19:16:48

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to restrict the seizure of private property for private development by denying local governments federal economic development funds for two years if they take such a step. The "Private Property Protection Act of 2005" would bar the federal government, states and localities from using their power of eminent domain to seize property for private economic development projects such...

2005-09-22 16:34:13

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation restricting the ability to seize private property for private development may be ready for a House of Representatives vote later this fall, the chairman of the House's constitutional subcommittee said on Thursday. Following the second congressional hearing this week on eminent domain and a controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision, Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican, said the bill could come before the full Judiciary Committee in...

2005-09-20 18:25:20

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Senate Republican proposed creating a federal official for arbitration in eminent domain cases on Tuesday as witnesses urged lawmakers to restrict the taking of private property for development. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced the bill to create such an ombudsman during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a separate measure to withhold federal funding from private development projects that rely on government appropriation to obtain...

2005-07-08 16:17:14

By Joan Gralla NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday called on the legislature to curb the state's power to seize land through eminent domain, reacting swiftly to a recent Supreme Court decision that hurt property owners' rights. The Texas governor called for "limiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for private parties or economic development purposes." He also urged the legislature to support amending the Texas constitution to shore up Texans' rights to...

2005-07-01 05:50:08

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House ofRepresentatives, a frequent critic of the federal judiciary,lashed out at the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday by voting tolimit a ruling that curbs property rights. On a largely party-line vote of 231-189, the House approvedlegislation that would ban use of certain federal funds toupgrade private property seized under last week's Supreme Courtruling. The court ruled 5-4 that a city can take a person's home orbusiness...

2005-06-30 21:31:18

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House ofRepresentatives, a frequent critic of the federal judiciary,lashed out at the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in voting tolimit a recent ruling that curbed property rights. On a largely party-line vote of 231-189, the House approvedlegislation that would ban use of certain federal funds toupgrade private property seized under last week's Supreme Courtruling. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that a city can take...

2005-06-29 20:10:28

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man, angry over a U.S.Supreme Court decision expanding government power to takeprivate property, says he will try to use the ruling to seizethe New Hampshire home of Justice David Souter and convert itinto a hotel to be named the Lost Liberty Hotel. Souter voted with the 5-4 majority last week when theSupreme Court ruled a Connecticut city could use its powers ofeminent domain to take private homes to make way for ariverfront hotel,...


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  • To talk saucily.
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