The House sent a proposed constitutional amendment restricting condemnations back to committee.
The amendment would prohibit the government from taking property through eminent domain for the purpose of selling the property for economic development. The amendment would also establish in the constitution that government can't take property without just compensation.
"It is a universal desire of all people in all cultures and all places that they want their property secure from a taking by the governmet or a taking by anybody," said Rep. Paul Stam, a co-sponsor of the bill and an Apex Republican.
House members said the bill should be taken off the House floor because Stam offered amendments to the bill.
"It just bothers me that we have a bill on the floor to amend the constitution and we're going to amend it at the last minute," said Rep. Ronnie Sutton, a Pembroke Democrat.
Stam said his amendments were minor and not unusual and were being used as an excuse by opponents to kill the bill.
The House voted 60 to 56 to send the bill back to committee.