Saturday, August 13, 2016

Important To Take Swift Action On THIS Now!

Following reports that a state judge ruled on the side of an Atlantic City property owner in a years-long case, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) called for Democrat lawmakers to post two eminent domain bills that have been re-introduced for years, but never posted for a hearing.
Sen. Diane Allen called for Democratic leaders to post two bills to reform eminent domain. (©iStock)

Senator Allen’s call for action follows a New Jersey Superior Court ruling in favor of a 69-year-old Atlantic City man in a case against the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The Authority sought to get his family’s home condemned in order to pursue redevelopment efforts, leading to a four-year legal process. In his decision, the judge wrote that the Authority’s efforts were an abuse of eminent domain power and exceeded the agency’s authority, according to the APP.

“Eminent domain seizures by the government frequently target economically disadvantaged, senior citizen, or minority homeowners,” Senator Allen said. “The abuse of this power is essentially stealing someone’s home. I hope that those in control of the legislature will see the need to post my bills before any more homeowners are strong-armed.”

In every legislative session since 2004, Senator Allen has introduced two bills aimed at tackling eminent domain reform. One, S-2505, places a temporary moratorium on the use of eminent domain and creates the Eminent Domain Study Commission to examine its use. The other is a constitutional amendment, SCR-98, that would limit the use of eminent domain to the acquisition of land for essential public purposes.

“The ultimate goal of both these measures is to eliminate eminent domain as a weapon against homeowners,” Senator Allen said. “Let’s take action on these bills and show our residents that we stand with them and not the special interests.”

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