NC House Sends Eminent Domain Change To Committee

Debate on letting North Carolina voters decide whether to bar government from condemning private property for economic development has been derailed in the House.

The House voted 60-56 on Tuesday to send a proposed constitutional amendment back to a judiciary committee for further discussion.

The bill seeks to ensure government can only condemn private property for a public use. The amendment is in response to a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The amendment also would emboss in the constitution the right of a landowner whose land is condemned to receive a jury trial to determine what is just compensation.

A similar proposed amendment was approved by a wide margin in the House in 2007 but died in the Senate.

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