Congress moves to limit local eminent domain
On 6/23/05 the Supreme Court decision, Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut (PDF), acknowledged the right of governments to seize a person's property and sell it to another party for development in the name of public interest. Since then, state and local reaction has been swift and pronounced, as reported in FR here and here. Today The New York Times reported :
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to discourage the seizure of private property (H.R.4128, PDF) for private development by denying federal economic development money to local governments for two years if they take such a step.A similar bill (S.1704, PDF) moves through the Senate.