Constitutional Amendment Restricting Eminent Domain Introduced: KPVI-tv (Boise ID), 1/24/06

By Associated Press

A constitutional amendment was introduced in the Idaho Legislature today to limit the power of local governments to condemn homes and private property to make way for economic development projects — like industrial parks, sporting complexes and golf courses.

Republican Representative Lenore Barrett of Challis is the latest lawmaker to introduce legislation to restrict the so-called "eminent domain" authority of cities, counties and other government entities.

Her resolution calls for citizens to vote in November on amending the constitution to ban condemning private property for any project that might stimulate the local economy.

The House Local Government Committee sent the resolution to print this afternoon and hearings on the measure are expected later this session.

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