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Private Property Rights Protection Act Passed by the House

by: Joseph Grather
11 Mar 2014
A federal bill H.R. 1944 introduced back in May of 2013, has been passed by the House of Representatives. Reported here.  All the details and text of the bill are set forth in our June 2013 blog.  Simply stated, the bill purportedly will punish States that abuse the eminent domain power by limiting federal dollars for... Read More

Highlands Act Withstands Another Round of Legal Attacks

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 Aug 2011
New Jersey appellate courts, in a series of published and unpublished opinions, recently addressed a variety of issues raised by the adoption of the Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP) as required by the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the Highlands Act), N.J.S.A. 13:20-1 to -35.  The Council, on July 17, 2008, adopted the RMP... Read More

Private Property Rights Protection Bill Introduced by Congress

by: Joseph Grather
13 Apr 2011
H.R. 1433 (the “Private Property Rights Protection Act”) was recently introduced in the United States Congress by its bipartisan co-sponsors Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). If the proposed legislation passed as currently drafted, the new law would prohibit a State from using eminent domain for private development where a State had received federal... Read More

New Jersey Legislature Introduces Bill to Address Loss of Business, and Resolution Proposing a Constitutional Amendment to Limit Takings

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
9 Feb 2010
The New Jersey State Legislature introduced two proposed bills on February 4, 2010, to address compensation and “public purpose” issues.  SCR63 would amend Article VIII, Section III, paragraph 1, of the New Jersey Constitution, to remove “[t]he clearance, replanning, development or redevelopment of blighted areas” as a public purpose, while more narrowly defining a public... Read More