States Vote to Strengthen Property Rights
Publication Date: February 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ronald D. Utt
Keywords: Smart growth; Kelo v. City of New London; property rights
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.