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Wednesday, November 02, 2005 

Eminent Domain Update

Eminent Domain Reform in Danger: Contact Your Congressperson Now!

As we informed you yesterday, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005 (H.R. 4128) is up for a vote in the House this week, probably tomorrow (Thursday). In its current form, the bill provides strong protection against the abuse of eminent domain for private commercial development by cutting off economic development funds to cities that engage in that abuse. However, right now, there are efforts being made to weaken that legislation by creating large loopholes - loopholes that would allow cities that abuse eminent domain to continue receiving economic development funds. If those efforts succeed, the law will not provide adequate disincentives against eminent domain abuse. The defenders of the status quo - tax-hungry officials and land-hungry developers - will have succeeded in staving off real reform.
For that reason, it is crucial that you call your Congressperson immediately and let him or her know that the Private Property Rights Protection Act should not be weakened by loopholes. Please act now, before special interests take away this chance to protect the rights of every American home and business owner.

Christina Walsh
Assistant Castle Coalition Coordinator
Institute for Justice

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