A Mesa, Arizona businessman learned about eminent domain abuse the hard way. When Bailey said he didn’t want to sell his family-owned brake shop, the city tried to use its power of eminent domain to take his property and give it to a local developer in the name of economic development. Bailey won in court, and Arizona passed Proposition 207 to help protect private property from such abuse. The Goldwater Institute developed Proposition 207 and is monitoring its success, and is committed to ensuring that government respects private property.
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Clearing the Air on the Smoking BanPosted on September 09, 2005 | Type: Blog
Lighting up on private property will become a criminal activity if a group called Smoke-Free Arizona has its way. The association is collecting signatures for an initiative that, if adopted, would make smoking illegal almost anywhere in Arizona.
Peoria Policy Falls ShortPosted on July 20, 2005 | Type: Blog
A recent Arizona Republic article reports "Peoria [has] an eminent-domain policy, apparently unique in Arizona, to make sure the city takes land only for the public good, not to help out developers." In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London that permitted the taking of private property for private use, Peoria's policy might be of particular interest to city policymakers looking to provide greater protection for their residents.
Stopping the BulldozersPosted on July 01, 2005 | Type: Blog
The bulldozers are revving their engines.
A Baseline, Not a CeilingPosted on June 27, 2005 | Type: Blog
Property owners are reeling from last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London, which permits the Connecticut municipality to seize land from homeowners and sell it to a private developer to build a hotel, office space, and shops.
Property Rights Up in SmokePosted on June 20, 2005 | Type: Blog
Smoking is a dirty habit, and unhealthy too.