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States Vote to Strengthen Property Rights

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ronald D. Utt

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Law and ethics (Real estate and property law)

Keywords: Smart growth; Kelo v. City of New London; property rights

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


More than 29 states have responded to the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. City of New London ruling, which makes it easier for government to use eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes, with laws and constitutional amendments to prohibit Kelo-type takings. Congress should follow their examples by passing legislation to protect property rights.