Monday, October 16, 2006

League of Women Voters Guide

This is the first of many posts including excerpts from the League of Women Voters Guide for Georgia. The guide is long, so I'm going to do this one point at a time.

Constitutional Amendments:
1) Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to prohibit the use of eminent domain by certain non­elected authorities and to prohibit the contested use of eminent domain except for public use as defined by general law? (HR 1306, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Confines the government's use of eminent domain to public use only and it would prohibit non­elected authorities (such as local development authorities) from exercising the power of eminent domain, thereby ensuring that only elected officials are vested with that authority.
PROS: Provides stated protections for private property owners in the state Constitution to limit the power of eminent domain specifically to instances relating to redevelopment projects deemed for

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