Bill Would Prohibit Government from Taking Private Land for Commercial Development

JANUARY 17, 2007 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Republican Senator Ruth Whitaker of Cedarville has filed legislation that would prohibit governments from seizing private property for business development.

The bill would ban the use of eminent domain for private retail, office, commercial, industrial or residential development.  It also would prohibit seizing land to enhance a government's tax revenue and would prohibit a government from seizing land to transfer the property to a business development.

Whitaker says she filed the proposal in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005 that allowed New London, Connecticut, to condemn homes in order to build a riverfront hotel, a health club and offices.

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