May 3, 2006
Press Release: 53 Organizations Request Senate Action on Eminent Domain Abuse; Lack of Senate Action Leaves Homes, Businesses, Churches Vulnerable
The national debate on eminent domain is heating up as the US Senate considers eminent domain reform legislation. While NY Mayor Bloomberg beats the drum for the status quo, groups across the political spectrum call for reform.
This press release is from a conservative coalition led by the Property Rights Alliance:
WASHINGTON, May 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today, a letter signed by fifty-three national and state organizations from across the country was delivered to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) requesting that the Senate advance legislation to limit the ability for states and localities to abuse eminent domain. The letter can be viewed at http://www.propertyrightsalliance.org .
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4128, the "Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005" in early November by a vote of 376-38, but the measure has mired in the Senate Judiciary Committee without a scheduled vote. The legislation seeks to curb eminent domain abuse by withholding all federal economic development funds for two years from states and localities that use this right for private commercial development. The House passed the measure in response to the Kelo v. City of New London, CT court case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer.
And the American public continues to fervently oppose this type of government takings. One national survey after another demonstrates a minimum of eighty-five percent of public support in reforming eminent domain abuse to protect homes, businesses and churches from government's grasp.
"Americans remain vulnerable to government's ability to snap up a family's home or church today and turn it into a mansion tomorrow," said Scott A. LaGanga, executive director of PRA. "As indicated by the organizations on this letter and countless public opinion polls, Senate action is vital to protect the future of private property in the United States."
As stated in the letter, "The freedoms enshrined by the Framers of the Constitution over two hundred years ago must be once again upheld and protected by Congress today. The passage of this type of legislation is an essential milestone in reaffirming the rights of American property owners."
The following organizations signed the letter to Chairman Specter (letter can be viewed at Property Rights Alliance website):
Alabama Policy Institute
American Association of Small Property Owners
American Conservative Union
American Family Business Institute
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Land Rights Association
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
American Shareholders Association
Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights
Center for Individual Freedom
Citizens for Limited Taxation
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Defenders of Property Rights
Ethan Allen Institute
Evergreen Freedom Foundation
Frontiers of Freedom
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Illinois Policy Institute
James Madison Institute
Maryland Taxpayers Alliance
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Missouri Citizens for Property Rights
Missouri First Montana Policy Institute
National Center for Public Policy Research
National Taxpayers Union, Kristina Rasmussen
Nevada Policy Research Institute
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Pacific Research Institute
Property Rights Alliance, Scott A. LaGanga
Property Rights Alliance: Hawaii
Public Research Institute
Republican Liberty Caucus
Rio Grande Foundation
Small Business Entrepreneurship Council
South Carolina Landowners Association
South Carolina Policy Council
Tennessee Center for Policy Research
The Maine Heritage Policy Center
The Rutherford Institute
Virginia Institute for Public Policy
Property Rights Alliance (PRA) stands as an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, domestically and internationally. PRA is a special project of Americans for Tax Reform.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Scott A. LaGanga at 202-390-6978 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Posted by lumi at May 3, 2006 6:45 AM