Eminent Domain Battle on Ballot in Va.

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 09:48 AM

By Katie Lotman and Patrick Hobin

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The swing state of Virginia has a key eminent domain issue on the ballot Tuesday, which proposes to prohibit local government from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation.

Instead, the proposal says private land seizure would have to be used for public use such as for parks and schools.

Corey Stewart, chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, supports the amendment limiting the use of eminent domain.

"The amendment, in essence, prohibits local governments or the state government from taking your private land and giving it to another private property owner," Stewart told Virginia radio station WTOP. "It's not as high profile but it sure is important to ensuring private property rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Opponents to the eminent domain amendment argue it would increase costs for local public projects.



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