This Land Is Not Your Land

Posted on January 12, 2006
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Eminent domain reform is afoot throughout the nation.  Already, many states have passed, or are in the process of passing, tough laws that prevent eminent domain abuse. On January 17, the Goldwater Institute and the Arizona Chapter of the Institute for Justice will co-host a legislative briefing detailing how Arizona can move forward with effective eminent domain reform. 

While Arizona’s Constitution offers strong protection for private property, the state’s slum clearance and redevelopment statutes let municipalities do an end-run around constitutional safeguards.  Redevelopment statutes give local governments a green light to declare all sorts of properties in slum or blight condition and transfer them to private developers for redevelopment.  Recent cases in Tempe and Mesa highlight the abuse in our system. 

The legislative briefing and accompanying policy brief detail eight steps for meaningful eminent domain reform and promise to start the year off with a powerful prescription for liberty and private property protection in Arizona.  

Key Links:

-Goldwater Institute: “Tempe Loses Bid to Take Property”
-Arizona Constitution: Article 2 Section 17
-Arizona Revised Statutes: Slum Clearance and Redevelopment, section 36-1471, et seq.

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