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Chabot, Gordon Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Private Property Owners

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Chabot, Gordon Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Private Property Owners

02/16/06

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee, and Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) today introduced bipartisan legislation to restore the constitutional rights of private property owners. The Private Property Rights Implementation Act will ensure that a citizen with a legitimate federal claim under the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause will have access to federal courts - the same right enjoyed by citizens claiming violations of other constitutional rights.

"Through a series of decisions, the United States Supreme Court has eviscerated the property rights protections that most Americans believed were deeply embedded in our Constitution," said Chabot. "The Fifth Amendment clearly states that private property should not be taken by the government without just compensation. Citizens that are prevented by the government from using their land should have the ability to pursue relief under the Constitution."

"When government takes away property owners' rights arbitrarily, those property owners deserve their day in court," Congressman Gordon stated. "This legislation makes sure landowners aren't bullied by government into giving up their property rights and are able to develop their property as they see fit."

http://www.house.gov/chabot/propertyintro06.html

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