Property Rights Become Topic in Governor's Race

SEPTEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 5:09 p.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, TN - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Beebe said today he is working on legislation that would clarify the state's protections against private property being taken for private interests in Arkansas.

Beebe's Republican rival Asa Hutchinson later accused the attorney general of switching positions on private property rights.  Hutchinson said Beebe should revise a legal opinion he issued stating that Arkansas had sufficient protections against the taking of private property.

The candidates made separate appearances today before a convention of the Arkansas Realtors Association at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.

Beebe noted that Arkansas' constitution already prohibits the taking of land for use by private developers.  He says he will work to clarify the law.

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