H.R. 1689 - Private Property Rights Protection Act
I STRONGLY support and recommend the passage of H.R. 1689 bill — known as the Private Property Rights Protection Act — Which would prohibit state and local governments from using eminent domain to condemn and acquire private property for economic development purposes.
It’d also exclude states in violation of this prohibition from receiving federal economic development assistance for two fiscal years unless they’ve returned the property claimed under eminent domain, replaced any other property destroyed as a result of the eminent domain violation, and paid any applicable penalties and interest. The federal government would also be prohibited from using eminent domain for economic development purposes.
The use of eminent domain to make land more economically productive often harms minorities and lower-income communities. Moreover, using eminent domain to serve local economic interests runs counter to its historical use to take private property for highways and other public works.