11/09/2006

Florida Voters Pass Eminent Domain Limit: Houston TX Chronicle, 11/8/06

By Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

Florida residents resoundingly approved six permanent changes to the state constitution on Tuesday, covering everything from a demand to spend more on anti-smoking ads to tightening eminent domain.

... Amendment 8 ... bans the use of eminent domain to transfer property to private developers unless an exemption is approved by three-fifths votes in both houses of the Legislature.

With 80 percent of the expected vote counted, 69 percent backed the amendment with 31 percent against it.

After last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave governments eminent domain power to obtain property for private development, Florida became one of 30 states that have enacted laws limiting such seizures. Amendment 8 puts those restrictions into the state constitution.


Houston TX Chronicle: http://www.chron.com