N.C. Eminent Domain Reform

N.C. Eminent Domain Reform

Great news for North Carolinians, eminent domain reform is getting the attention it deserves.  It has been a long fought battle to get the North Carolina Legislature to amend the State Constitution to limit government’s authority in taking private property.

Last Thursday the members of a Senate subcommittee sounded supportive of placing the proposed constitutional amendment about eminent domain on the ballot. The General Assembly reconvenes next month where the panel will make recommendations.

The House approved bill will ask voters to decide whether private property condemnation by state or local governments should be barred except for a “public use.”  Similar proposals passed the House in recent years but died in the Senate.

After the 2005 Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. The City of New London, condemnation laws began to change all over the country.  North Carolina seems to be on track to join the many states that already have.