Eminent Domain Amendment Given Initial OK In NC House

A final House vote is expected today on a proposed change to the state constitution barring land condemnation solely for private economic development.

The amendment received tentative approval late last night on a 112-to-4 vote.

It would prohibit government from taking land from any individual "except for a public use." If also approved by Senate, the amendment would be on the next statewide election, possibly this fall.

The bill had more than 90 co-sponsors.

Despite the large support, the bill's future was uncertain until this week. House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, had said an amendment wasn't needed because a 2006 law approved by the General Assembly closed loopholes highlighted in a 2005 U-S Supreme Court


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