Friday, May 05, 2006

Eminent domain debated

In November, Ohio voters may get to vote on what limits should be put on the power of local governments to take property by eminent domain. Some lawmakers believe that constitutional amendments, which require a statewide vote, will curb perceived abuses of eminent domain by cities. Ohio's 1912 constitution gave municipalities the power of home rule, which allows them to set their own standards for the taking of private property.

House Joint Resolution 10 and Senate Joint Resolution 6 contain the text of the proposed constitutional amendments introduced in the Ohio General Assembly.

Read the text of House Joint Resolution 10:

Read the text of Senate Joint Resolution 6:

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