Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hope in Connecticut

News of this:
Republican state senators are trying to limit Connecticut's eminent domain laws after the U-S Supreme Court ruled New London can take homes for private development.

They're proposing an amendment to prevent municipalities and government agencies from taking owner-occupied residential property with four or fewer units.

The legislature is debating the issue tonight.

Fairfield Senator John McKinney says he doesn't believe the government should be in the business of taking homes for private interests.

Last week's Supreme Court decision granted local governments broad rights to seize private property to generate tax revenue. But the court also ruled that states can restrict that power.

Not clear is whether the proposal will pass. Democrats who control the Senate say such an important issue should wait until next year's session, when legislators can gain more public input.

At least eight states already forbid the use of eminent domain for economic development unless it is to eliminate blight.