Friday, November 25, 2011

Private Property Rights - #3441 - Local Resistance Building on Virginia's Eminent Domain Change, Proposed by Delegate Rob Bell - Washington Times

A state constitutional amendment to expand Virginia’s eminent domain laws is meeting local resistance, with the city of Alexandria agreeing to contribute as much as $5,000 for a lobbying firm to help fight the legislation. The amendment, sponsored for the 2012 General Assembly session by Delegate Rob Bell, Albemarle Republican, attempts to change the Virginia Constitution by updating a law enacted in 2007 that says private property can be taken only when the public interest dominates the private gain, among other conditions. “The goal is to put [the amendment] into the constitution so that it can’t be tinkered with,” Mr. Bell said.......That Alexandria agreed to provide up to $5,000 for a firm to help lobby against the amendment, though,rankled Mr. Bell. “I think it’s awful that local governments are using local dollars to try to take property from taxpayers,” he said. Newly elected House Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller, Manassas Republican, supports the proposed amendment, saying it is simply a matter of protecting the small property owner against the power of government and large industry. Read more..........

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