Property Protection Act – Support It
Posted by pzguru on Sunday, February 11, 2007
There are two proposed pieces of legislation that will be considered by the State House and State Senate, HB-257 and SB-294, respectively. If you want to read the full bills, go to the State Legislature website and search the pending legislation.
The gist of the legislation is to curtail the abuse of eminent domain power by City, County, and State governments, in response to the recent court case Kelo v. New London, which sparked new controversy into the whole topic of eminent domain and what constitutes “the public good”. This power has especially been abused by Baltimore City under former Mayor Martin O’Malley, to swipe people’s property and give it to private developers under the guise of “redevelopment”. I support making Baltimore a better city, but not by taking citizens’ property at undervalued rates and turning it over to developer friends of the politicians in power, especially for non-public uses.
There is a counter proposal (I’m not sure the bill number) being put forward by the Democrats that offers a few restrictions on eminent domain powers, but is too weak and ineffective in my opinion.
This is legislation that should be supported by ALL citizens, even if you live out in the suburbs – it can still happen there! I suggest you call your local representative and senator and express your support for this legislation.