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2014 voters would decide on state eminent domain amendment

A proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment would ask voters in the 2014 election to restrict eminent domain. The bill carrying the amendment passed the House on Wednesday in a 103-10 vote.

Originally House Bill 8, the legislation stopped moving after landing in a committee in April. Its contents were added to a Senate boating safety bill so it would have a chance of becoming law this session. Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Hendersonville Republican and the House bill’s sponsor, said the text hadn't changed substantially. Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican, added an amendment updating the technology referenced. The amendment has passed the House before but stalled in the Senate, and could do so again.

McGrady’s bill would amend the North Carolina constitution to reject the U.S. Supreme Court Kelo decision, which sanctioned land seizure for private gain. The proposed provision would allow eminent domain only for public use.


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