The United States House of Representatives passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act by voice vote. It seeks to prohibit condemnations for economic development or over property that is used for economic development within seven years after that taking. It applies to state and local takings if that governmental entity receives federal economic development funds. It would also prohibit the federal government from exercising its power of eminent domain for economic development.
Many states have similar statutes. They were enacted in reaction to the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision.
The bill has been referred to the Senate for potential action.