The House has passed a bill (81 Yeas -18 Nays) HJ 693 to add an amendment to our State Constitution that permanently enshrines property rights from abusive ‘takings’ by government. Call it the anti-Kelo amendment.
…no private property shall be damaged or taken except for public use without just compensation to its owner for the property taken and for damages to the residue caused by the taking or damaging and (ii) that no more private property may be taken than that which is necessary to achieve the stated public use. Just compensation shall be no less than the value of the property taken and the damages to the residue caused by the taking. A public service company, public service corporation, or railroad exercises the power of eminent domain for public use when such exercise is for the authorized provision of utility, common carrier, or railroad services. In all other cases, a taking or damaging of private property is not for public use if the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development, except for the elimination of a public nuisance existing on the property.
The Bill is before the Privileges and Elections Committee, who have been spiking Republican Bills this session, resembling a Nancy Pelosi kangaroo court.
The Republicans on the Committee are solidly on board, but we need to separate 1 Democrat from the herd to advance this extremely important legislation to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.
Phone calls and emails are the way to make that happen. Just a quick, “I want you to support HJ 693 being voted to the Senate floor for a vote.”
These Democrats are the most likely to be influenced.
Creigh Deeds: firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 698-7525
Donald MacEachin: email@example.com (804) 698-7509
Senator Ralph Northam: firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 698-7506
The more calls received, the greater the likelihood for a better outcome.