Just in the nick of time, and two weeks before the United States Senate will adjourn, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the "Property Rights Protection Act of 2006" (S3878). The bill is the same as H.R. 4128 (http://www.njeminentdomain.com/HR%204128%20TEXT.pdf) which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2005 (325 affirmative votes to 38). H.R. 4128 has been dormant in the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite the efforts of many property reform groups to see some action.
The new bill, S3878, will go directly to the floor of the Senate, requiring Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist to put eminent domain reform on the agenda. Other Republicans, including Arlen Specter, Bill Frist and President George Bush are missing in action on this issue. Eminent Domain reform is an important issue nationwide and will not go away.
New Jersey Eminent Domain Blog: http://www.njeminentdomain.com
The Institute for Justice has issued an alert that the above bill is being held up by Senate Majority leader, Bill Frist. The text of the alert is as follows:
Last week, Senator James Inhofe introduced S. 3873, the "Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2006." This bill is identical to the House of Representatives' terrific eminent domain reform bill, H.R. 4128, which has been stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee since it passed the House last November by an overwhelming majority of 376-38. S. 3873 - which is now the vehicle for eminent domain reform in Congress - will go straight to the floor of the Senate, bypassing the hold-ups other eminent domain bills are encountering in the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not put eminent domain reform on the Senate's agenda, effectively prohibiting the Senate from voting on this bill!