Eminent Domain

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of a Connecticut city to transfer private property through eminent domain to a private business for the purpose of economic development.  The city’s rationale was that increasing the tax base was a “public use.”  But the Court also said states could place limits on the government’s eminent domain power.
So now, when Virginia voters head to the polls November 6th, they’ll also decide whether to amend the state constitution….to include stronger boundaries on the government’s right to condemn private property for public use. Anne Marie Morgan reports.

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