WITN  | Greenville, NC  | News, Weather, Sports

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
decision.


WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7664777 - witn.com/a?a=7664777