Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Assistant Republican Whip, announced today that the House of Representatives passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012. The bill would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. City of New London decision from 2005. Palazzo spoke on the House floor in favor of the bill and released the following remarks:
"This bill represents a necessary return of basic property rights to the American people, after these rights came under attack with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Kelo v. City of New London," Palazzo stated. "As a direct result of this case, last November the people of Mississippi overwhelmingly voted in favor of amending the state's Constitution to better protect these rights.
I agree with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, when he wrote in his dissenting opinion: "Something has gone seriously awry with this Court's interpretation of the Constitution." This bill is the first step in correcting a serious wrong."