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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City of Tempe Asks for "Do Over" in Tattoo Studio CasePosted on June 16, 2009 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix--The City of Tempe has filed a motion asking Judge Robert Oberbillig to give it another chance to make its case in the lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of two tattoo studio entrepreneurs.
Guns can't trump property rightsPosted on May 20, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Concerns about safety and liability undoubtedly prompt some property owners to ban storing guns in cars parked on their property. But that does not justify using the right to bear arms as a means to limit private property rights. Recently introduced legislation in Arizona threatens to do just that.
Goldwater Institute Wins Victory on Behalf of Property OwnersPosted on February 25, 2009 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix--In a clear victory for property owners in Arizona, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today lifted a moratorium on building permits in neighborhoods surrounding Luke Air Force Base. The moratorium was the target of $20 million in legal claims filed by the Goldwater Institute on February 17 under protections provided by Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act.
Residents must be allowed to enforce property rights near the U.S. borderPosted on February 24, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
The Washington Times recently reported that Arizona rancher Roger Barnett is being sued in federal court for $32 million because he detained 16 trespassers on his ranch at gunpoint. The trespassers were illegal immigrants and they are claiming Barnett used excessive force and conspired to violate their constitutional rights. Barnett says his actions were justified because trespassing illegal immigrants previously invaded his home, destroyed his property and killed his calves.
Maricopa County violating private property rightsPosted on February 18, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren
Arizona's Private Property Rights Protection Act (Proposition 207) remains one of the strongest pro-property rights laws in the nation. It requires government to compensate owners for land use regulations that reduce property values. A group of Maricopa County landowners near Luke Air Force Base are a perfect example of the importance of these protections.