North Carolina’s House of Representatives easily approved legislation that would ask state voters to consider a constitutional referendum to limit eminent domain proceedings used by local governments.  Supporters say they hope to end all possibility that a city government could seize private property to sell to a private business developer by citing “public purpose” as the reason.  Such an act has never occurred in North Carolina but has been ruled constitutional by the US Supreme Court.  The NC Senate has ignored the House-backed legislation in previous legislative sessions.

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