Today is the third anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious Kelo vs. New London decision, in which a 5-4 majority expanded the ability of governments to use the power of eminent domain to include “economic development.” The ruling dealt a tremendous blow to individual property rights and has drawn sharp rebuke from across the philosophical spectrum.
Over the last three years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation has extensively researched the question of how the state can preserve individual property rights in a post-Kelo world. Last month, Bill Peacock and Drew Thornley testified before a House committee on eminent domain and condemnation compensation, respectively. And last fall, Bill Peacock gave a presentation on how eminent domain harms those in need of affordable housing.
Texas has made some progress to protecting Texas landowners from eminent domain abuse, but much more needs to be done.
– David Guenthner