Blunt praises bill to end eminent domain abuses
November 04, 2005
WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Roy Blunt today praised the passage of H.R. 4128, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005, 376-38. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL).

“The House acted today to protect private property rights, a bold plan that enhances the penalty for states and localities that abuse their eminent domain power and defends the freedoms of private ownership,” said Blunt.

The Supreme Court’s narrow decision in Kelo v. New London called into question over two centuries of legal precedent and the individual property rights essential to our freedom and prosperity. That decision strikes at more than two centuries of American private property tradition guaranteed in the Constitution.

The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005 will:

A similar measure, S.1313 sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary last June. The latest reported action was on September 20, 2005, when the committee held hearings.

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