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Political Satirist Speaks in ValleyPosted on September 06, 2002 | Type: In the News
P.J. O' Rourke pokes fun at terrorists, U.S. government
Eminent Domain Abuse in Arizona: The Growing Threat to Private PropertyPosted on August 16, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jordan R. Rose
The Arizona Constitution contains the very strongest protection of private property rights in the nation. Arizona allows governments to condemn private property only for clearly defined public purposes, such as roadways and police stations, or certain very specific private purposes, such as a right of way or a drain. As written, that constitution gives Arizona property owners complete security against arbitrary condemnation and seizure by local governments. Since 1997, however, when the Arizona State Legislature adopted new redevelopment statutes, the power of governments to take has become frighteningly broad, and the spirit of the Arizona Constitution has been ignored.