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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):

60(Plus) Association

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

Citizen Outreach

Citizens for Limited Taxation

Commonwealth Foundation

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Defenders of Property Rights

Eagle Forum

Ethan Allen Institute

Evergreen Freedom Foundation


Frontiers of Freedom

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Illinois Policy Institute

Independence Institute

James Madison Institute

Liberty Coalition

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

Reason Foundation

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 slaganga@propertyrightsalliance.org .

Posted by lumi at May 3, 2006 6:45 AM