Bush Signs Executive Order Protecting Private Property Rights

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President Bush signed an Executive Order today, on the one year anniversary of the Kelo decision, protecting private property rights from eminent domain abuses.

It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

From Reuters:

President George W. Bush issued an executive order on Friday to limit the U.S. government from taking private property only for the benefit of other private interests, like corporations.

The order came exactly a year after a divided Supreme Court ruled a city could take a person’s home or business for a development project to revitalize a depressed local economy, a practice known as eminent domain.

“The federal government is going to limit its own use of eminent domain so that it won’t be used for purely economic development purposes,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

President Bush’s order is welcome news.

Update: Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) was pleased with the President’s executive order which provides support for private property rights. He also noted that in response to the Kelo decision, the House passed a bill which would stop Kelo inspired eminent domain abuses, but the Senate still hasn’t done anything.

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