Lawmakers Want Constitution To Limit Eminent Domain: WCPO-TV9, Cincinnati OH, 11/22/06

By Associated Press

Ohio voters may get to decide next year whether to limit government's ability to seize private property.

State lawmakers are considering putting a constitutional amendment on the November 2007 ballot that would prevent people's homes from being taken to make way for economic development.

In July, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case from the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood that private development isn't a sufficient reason for seizing homes under the state Constitution.

Across the nation, property rights advocates have praised the ruling, which frustrated developers and city officials.

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