Tuesday, July 24, 2007

News 14 Carolina's Coverage of Eminent Domain Press Conference

News 14 Carolina was among the media outlets that covered last week's press conference. Click here to read their article and watch the video of their television report.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Listen to today's press conference online

Audio of today's press conference is available online by clicking here.

N.C. Property Rights Coalition calls on Senate Leadership to Bring Eminent Domain Amendment Up for a Vote

HB 878 Stuck in Committee that Last Met in 2001

RALEIGH – The N.C. Property Rights Coalition held a press conference today to call on the N.C. Senate leadership to bring the eminent domain amendment (HB 878) to the floor for a vote. Speakers at the press conference included House Minority Leader Paul Stam, Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger, Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity, Joyce Krawiec of FreedomWorks and Kieran Shanahan, Chairman of the N.C. Property Rights Coalition. Property rights supporters from as far away as Asheville attended the press conference, which was held in front of the Legislative Building in Raleigh.

The bill, which passed the N.C. House by a vote of 104-15 on May 24, would prevent government entities from seizing private property for economic development purposes. On May 29, HB 878 was referred to the N.C. Senate Ways and Means Committee – a committee that has not met since 2001. The committee is chaired by Senator Charlie Dannelly of Mecklenburg County.

“Poll results have shown that 73% of North Carolina voters would support an amendment to the state constitution to limit government’s ability to seize our property[1],” says Kieran Shanahan, Chairman of the N.C. Property Rights Coalition. “The people of North Carolina clearly want an amendment to protect their private property from eminent domain abuse. Unfortunately, rather than taking action, the leadership in the North Carolina Senate chose to bury this amendment in a committee that has not met since 2001. The people of North Carolina deserve better.”

“Today, on behalf of property owners all across North Carolina, I call on the leadership in the North Carolina Senate to bring the eminent domain amendment to the floor for an immediate vote,” Shanahan adds. “Private property rights are one of the fundamental rights of a free society. We don’t need excuses or political games; we need to give the people of North Carolina the right to vote on this amendment, and we need to do it now.”

[1] John William Pope Civitas Institute, August 2005

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bakst: The Point of an Eminent Domain Amendment

From The Locker Room (by Daren Bakst):

As the Senate continues to ignore the will of the public by not considering the eminent domain constitutional amendment, there finally appears to be some legislators calling for some action.

In this AP article, there is a discussion of the current status of the amendment. A line in the article grabbed my attention: (click here for more...)

Eminent Domain Amendment Backers Seek Action by N.C. Senate

From WRAL.com:

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to further restrict land condemnation by local and state governments in North Carolina want the Senate to consider the legislation before this year's legislative session ends.

For seven weeks, the eminent domain legislation has been parked in a Senate committee that hasn't held a public meeting since 2001, Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger said Tuesday. The House approved the bipartisan bill in May, and the issue would go to voters this fall if the bill is approved by the Senate.

Click here for the rest of the article

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Press Conference Thursday

We are hosting a press conference this Thursday to call on the Senate leadership to bring HB 878 (the eminent domain amendment) to the floor for a vote. Details are here.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Eminent Domain Amendment Sent Away to Die?

On May 24, the eminent domain amendment (HB 878) passed the NC House by a vote of 104-15. On May 29, the bill was referred to the N.C. Senate's Ways & Means Committee. It has not been acted on since.

Today, I called the office of Sen. Charlie Dannelly, Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, and asked when the Ways & Means Committee last met. His assistant's answer: 2001.