Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Eminent Domain or $$

As is usually the case, the congress is using it's budget powers to limit behavior it doesn't like. It just so happens that it is behavior I don't like either this time.

The new bill, which passed 376-38, automatically cuts off any economic development funding to any states or localities that use eminent domain to seize property and then turn it over to a private developer.

Digger's Realm has the list of the 38 Democrats that voted against as well as the 8 Democrats and 10 Republicans who didn't show up for the vote.

Here is the AP story which also points out something I must have missed:
The House previously passed a measure to bar federal transportation money from going for improvements on land seized for private development. The Senate approved an amendment to a transportation spending bill applying similar restrictions.


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