Eminent domain and the ballot box
By Les Christie, CNNMoney.com staff writer
October 30 2006: 4:22 PM EST
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Eminent domain - 12 states have ballot measures to restrict the government from taking property for private uses.
The spark for this activity is Kelo v. New London: The Supreme Court ruled (2005) that the Connecticut city could seize private homes and give them to a developer.
Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina have scheduled votes on the issue. Louisiana approved a similar measure in September.