The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012

March 2, 2012 at 8:12 am Leave a comment


The link below is to House Resolution 1433, or the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1433. This bill has passed the House and we need to make sure that we call our senators about it. This bill would yank Federal funding for any project by a state, county, or city that uses eminent domain for economic development.

In other words, if they confiscate your home, or your neighbors’, to build medical centers, high-density housing above shops, etc, etc (i.e.- see the Crystal redevelopment plan, or any other City for that matter) they lose all Federal funding for that project for at least two years. In fact, you can’t build for economic development for seven years if you acquire that property by eminent domain, or you lose funding. It’s a redevelopment killer. 

It also outlaws the Federal Government from doing the same. It goes on to protect agricultural land as well:

SEC. 8. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING RURAL AMERICA.

(a) Findings- The Congress finds the following:

(1) The founders realized the fundamental importance of property rights when they codified the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which requires that private property shall not be taken ‘for public use, without just compensation’.

(2) Rural lands are unique in that they are not traditionally considered high tax revenue-generating properties for State and local governments. In addition, farmland and forest land owners need to have long-term certainty regarding their property rights in order to make the investment decisions to commit land to these uses.

(3) Ownership rights in rural land are fundamental building blocks for our Nation’s agriculture industry, which continues to be one of the most important economic sectors of our economy.

(4) In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London, abuse of eminent domain is a threat to the property rights of all private property owners, including rural land owners.

In short, this is an amazing bill that puts power back in our hands when it comes to protecting our property from eminent domain. This may not be a knife to the heart of Agenda 21, but it’s at least a punch in the eye! 

Senator Klobuchar: 202-224-3244

Senator Franken: 202-224-5641

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