House to Vote on Bill to Overturn Supreme Court’s Eminent Domain Decision

The House is expected to vote on a measure  that would overturn a controversial Supreme Court ruling that gave state and local governments more power to take private property under the legal principle of eminent domain.  The 2005 Supreme Court ruling Kelo v. City of New London, held that private property could be seized to further economic development.

Under the Constitution, the government can seize property from citizens, for the public good but must provide compensation. The 2005 decision expanded the definition of when property could be seized for an economic development plan.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said, according to the Hill, that the Supreme Court “wrongly decided to broaden states’ eminent domain power to allow governments to seize private property for economic development. Expanded eminent domain is an abject offense on Americans’ basic freedom, and Congress must restore the basic constitutional protections of private property.

“All Americans should be able to trust that they have freedom from blatant governmental overreach. The federal government should not be able to utilize eminent domain to force private-to-private transfer of property.”


Sensenbrenner’s bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act, would prevent the practice.

Private Property Rights Protection Act


1 Comment

  1. Janet

    And another case of government taking property

    People Speak: Business fights to shield property from eminent domain in Virginia

    For 50 years, Bob Wilson has been making radio parts for the federal government.

    Fox News

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