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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Federal Eminent Domain Reform Passes House


H.R. 1433, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012, passed the House of Representatives last night by a voice vote!

This legislation now heads to the Senate, where it will again face an uphill battle. We will keep you posted on the fight ahead and when calls need to be made. Stay tuned.


Christina Walsh
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Institute for Justice
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would do nation wide what the Baak bill did to Minnesota about five years ago.

Cities in Minnesota can no longer use Eminent Domain for ecconomic development purposes and this would make it the policy for all states. Using the power would cause you to lose Federal funding.

What it does is drive up the costs of doing development projects if site assemply can't be negosiated by private parties.

Its good news for the last guy to sell and bad news for people that want to sell to developers... because if your neighbor holds out the deal falls through.

The big push on this legislation comes from the oil companies and others that vacate property and don't want to pay the cost of cleanup. What they found was that cities would try to "take" their polluted land through eminate domain for the purpose of reuse as something other than vacant brown fields. What happens is that they are forced to pay to clean the land when they leave it... the government gets the land back in the shape it sold it in the first place... clean. So, this legislation is the:

Protect the Oil Companies Bill of 2012.


Chuck Repke

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is their land to do with wht they please Rpek and we do not need any more development at the expense of private p[roperty owners.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Repke eat a bag off horse dung! You are such a government suck up! If you weren't in the governments pocket with everything they do along party lines I might take you serious.

Btw clean up your shit hole rental property. It looks like a slumlords running it. Maybe we should eminent domain it so we can clean it.


11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is interesting. The "Brown Field" on West 7th is a prime example of what Repke is talking about. The oil company didn't want to sell, but the city took it anyway.

Now there is old folks living where there was once oil soaked land. A market called Mississippi Market sits on this land as well.

I wonder if in 30 years there are going to be health problems? All of the politicians who are responsible for this mess will be long dead or out of office.

What the city did was very wrong with that brown field on 7th. To put people in that space just to collect more tax dollars was the push. It is all about the money and not the individual.

It was the Democrats on the city council that pushed for this, as Republicans haven't been in office since Fletcher left the council some 20+ years ago.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The land that you are talking about is the part of the site that the Koach Brother's owned. And, you are correct that they ended up having to clean the land. They spent millions having to clean it back to residential standards. If anything bad were to happen to anyone who lives there, then the liability goes back to those Billionaire Brothers that fund the Republican party.

The rest of the site was owned by Mobile-Exon. The City if it was going to use it for development was going to have to pay "just compensation." Which I think was about $5 million (I could be wrong on the number). Our friends from Exon are who fund everyone of these phoney property rights groups that fight the people's right to Eminent Domain. Anyway they cut a deal with the City to "donate" the land as long as it is only used for park land. Which means they don't have that long term liability of someone living on top of it.

That's the deal... or at least as much as I can figure out from the peanut gallery.


Chuck Repke

8:59 AM  

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