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Christina Sandefur: Taking Back Constitutional Property Rights Through the Property Ownership Fairness Act

September 14, 2017

Overtime court decisions, legislative and regulatory actions have eroded property rights considered by America's founders to be the foundation of our Constitutional Republic.

Overtime court decisions and legislative and regulatory actions have eroded person's property rights considered by America's founders to be the foundation of our Constitutional Republic.  After the Kelo decision allowing states to take property from one private party and give it to another based on the idea that it benefits the public by increasing economic activity and the tax base, public outrage forced states to implement protections for property rights against these kinds of incursions.

Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute goes into how The Property Ownership Fairness Act goes a step further in protecting against regulatory takings and places the burden of justifying costly regulations and takings on the state, not the property owner impacted by decisions.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org