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A supermajority of the N.C. House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to strengthen private property rights against eminent domain land takings.
A supermajority of the N.C. House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to strengthen private property rights against eminent domain land takings.
 
Wake County property owner Beverly Rubin has been fighting a legal battle with the city of Apex for five years after the city used eminent domain to place a sewer line through her property.
Wake County property owner Beverly Rubin has been fighting a legal battle with the city of Apex for five years after the city used eminent domain to place a sewer line through her property.
 
The House Rules Committee gave a favorable report on Monday, Feb. 25 to a bill proposing a constitutional amendment limiting the use of eminent domain for economic development
The House Rules Committee gave a favorable report on Monday, Feb. 25 to a bill proposing a constitutional amendment limiting the use of eminent domain for economic development
 
The House approved a bill Wednesday, Feb. 27, asking voters to enshrine eminent domain restrictions in the state constitution. The measure passed easily, by a 94-21 vote.
The House approved a bill Wednesday, Feb. 27, asking voters to enshrine eminent domain restrictions in the state constitution. The measure passed easily, by a 94-21 vote.
 
Colleges tend to expand beyond their original missions by hiring more administrators and creating new programs
 
Forsyth Superior Court Judge John O. Craig III issued a July 6 sanction penalizing the N.C. Department of Transportation for missing a May 28 deadline for appraising Winston-Salem properties affected by the Map Act
Forsyth Superior Court Judge John O. Craig III issued a July 6 sanction penalizing the N.C. Department of Transportation for missing a May 28 deadline for appraising Winston-Salem properties affected by the Map Act
 
Shawn and Cindy Weeks would like nothing more than to move
 
The N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to return for the 2018 short legislative session on Wednesday, May 16
The N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to return for the 2018 short legislative session on Wednesday, May 16
 
The final footnote of decades-long legal battles over coastal land adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County ended Tuesday when the state released a master plan expanding the park
The final footnote of decades-long legal battles over coastal land adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County ended Tuesday when the state released a master plan expanding the park
 
For most of the 241 years since North Carolina adopted its first Constitution there have been arguments about the proper balance and separations of power between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
For most of the 241 years since North Carolina adopted its first Constitution there have been arguments about the proper balance and separations of power between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
 
State House members continue to push for a constitutional amendment to protect private landowners' from eminent domain seizures for economic development projects
State House members continue to push for a constitutional amendment to protect private landowners' from eminent domain seizures for economic development projects
 
A Superior Court judge has set a timetable for the N.C. Department of Transportation to complete appraisals and begin making deposits to property owners within highway corridors under the state's Map Act.
A Superior Court judge has set a timetable for the N.C. Department of Transportation to complete appraisals and begin making deposits to property owners within highway corridors under the state's Map Act.
 
The state's controversial Map Act could be coming to an end, as the House on Wednesday adopted a bill placing a one-year moratorium on any new corridor maps from being filed under the act
The state's controversial Map Act could be coming to an end, as the House on Wednesday adopted a bill placing a one-year moratorium on any new corridor maps from being filed under the act
 
The N.C. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision this month in Kirby v. North Carolina Department of Transportation
The N.C. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision this month in Kirby v. North Carolina Department of Transportation
 
The N.C. Supreme Court on Friday handed hundreds of property owners in highway corridors a victory by ruling unanimously that restrictions placed on landowners by the state's Map Act amounted to a use of eminent domain requiring just compensation
The N.C. Supreme Court on Friday handed hundreds of property owners in highway corridors a victory by ruling unanimously that restrictions placed on landowners by the state's Map Act amounted to a use of eminent domain requiring just compensation
 
Governor McCrory's pronouncement that the proposed CSX rail hub in Selma is effectively dead is both good news and bad.
Governor McCrory's pronouncement that the proposed CSX rail hub in Selma is effectively dead is both good news and bad.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment that had allowed the city of Norfolk, Va. to suppress a banner protesting the government's illegal attempt to seize private property by eminent domain....
The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment that had allowed the city of Norfolk, Va. to suppress a banner protesting the government's illegal attempt to seize private property by eminent domain....
 
Despite being upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2005 as a legitimate exercise of eminent domain, the decision by the City of New London, CT, to take some of its citizens' homes and give the land on which they stood to a private developer was a source of widespread outrage at the time...
Despite being upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2005 as a legitimate exercise of eminent domain, the decision by the City of New London, CT, to take some of its citizens' homes and give the land on which they stood to a private developer was a source of widespread outrage at the time...
 
On Tuesday the N.C. Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that strikes at the heart of a controversial piece of legislation known as the Map Act. Here at the John Locke Foundation, we have been urging the General Assembly to repeal or reform the Map Act for some time. Now, however, thanks to...
On Tuesday the N.C. Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that strikes at the heart of a controversial piece of legislation known as the Map Act. Here at the John Locke Foundation, we have been urging the General Assembly to repeal or reform the Map Act for some time. Now, however, thanks to...
 
The N.C. House of Representatives has approved a proposal to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of either party.
The N.C. House of Representatives has approved a proposal to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of either party.
 
On Tuesday the N.C. House of Representatives approved a proposal to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of...
On Tuesday the N.C. House of Representatives approved a proposal to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of...
 
For years a diligent group of North Carolina state representatives has been trying to add an eminent domain clause to the North Carolina Constitution. Their latest attempt, HB 3, was filed on January 14th. Thanks to their perseverance - and thanks also to recent changes in the makeup of the...
For years a diligent group of North Carolina state representatives has been trying to add an eminent domain clause to the North Carolina Constitution. Their latest attempt, HB 3, was filed on January 14th. Thanks to their perseverance - and thanks also to recent changes in the makeup of the...
 
House leaders once again will try to write eminent domain private property protections into the N.C. Constitution.
House leaders once again will try to write eminent domain private property protections into the N.C. Constitution.
 
A primary opponent is something to be expected even if you are a veteran legislator in the majority party, says state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus. After sailing through the 2012 election cycle with no opposition, Hartsell, an attorney, has drawn an opponent in the May 6 Republican primary.
A primary opponent is something to be expected even if you are a veteran legislator in the majority party, says state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus. After sailing through the 2012 election cycle with no opposition, Hartsell, an attorney, has drawn an opponent in the May 6 Republican primary.
 
On Wednesday, May 14, the North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene at noon for what is called the "short session." One thing that people may not realize about the short session is there are crossover bills that will be eligible to be considered.
On Wednesday, May 14, the North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene at noon for what is called the "short session." One thing that people may not realize about the short session is there are crossover bills that will be eligible to be considered.
 
We've been following for some time the case of Jackie and Dale Pfendler, owners of JP Electric in Fayetteville, in their long-running battle with The City of Fayetteville.
We've been following for some time the case of Jackie and Dale Pfendler, owners of JP Electric in Fayetteville, in their long-running battle with The City of Fayetteville.
 
That's the argument the attorney for a Kernersville property developer is making. Only problem is it's not his client's land that would become more valuable.
That's the argument the attorney for a Kernersville property developer is making. Only problem is it's not his client's land that would become more valuable.
 
Washington uses eminent domain to take private property to enforce housing standards, but does it accomplish the public purpose it claims?
 
Four property owners suing the Town of Emerald Isle alleging an unlawful taking of their beachfront lots would strike a blow nationally for property rights protections if they win, their lawyers say.
Four property owners suing the Town of Emerald Isle alleging an unlawful taking of their beachfront lots would strike a blow nationally for property rights protections if they win, their lawyers say.
 
Government regulatory agencies, environmentalists, liberal politicians, courts and proponents of the "common good" have worked hard during the past 30 years to make property rights less important if not eliminate them all together where they could.
Government regulatory agencies, environmentalists, liberal politicians, courts and proponents of the "common good" have worked hard during the past 30 years to make property rights less important if not eliminate them all together where they could.
 
After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to protect private property from unjust government confiscation in its 2005 Kelo decision, the backlash from Americans across the political spectrum led many states to strengthen their protections against the abuse of eminent domain.
After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to protect private property from unjust government confiscation in its 2005 Kelo decision, the backlash from Americans across the political spectrum led many states to strengthen their protections against the abuse of eminent domain.
 
The bill is entitled the Property Owners Protection Act. It is designed to curtail abuses in land-use planning, particularly by local governments and especially by "over-zealous" staff.
The bill is entitled the Property Owners Protection Act. It is designed to curtail abuses in land-use planning, particularly by local governments and especially by "over-zealous" staff.
 
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