House Bill 8
In early April, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 8, a bill that would amend the state Constitution to limit certain eminent domain powers. Specifically the bill will prohibit the government from taking private property for any reason other than public use.
The amendment will be put on the General Election ballot in November 2014.
As an example of how this might affect current eminent domain proceedings can be found in a recent article by The Daily Tar Heel.
According to the Tar Heel, earlier this year, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen discussed buying Collins Crossing, an apartment complex on Jones Ferry Road, using the state's eminent clause.
The board wanted to protect the residents of Collins Crossing that are being ousted from their homes due to unfair rising rent costs - and the management's failure to maintain safe stairwells, resulting in several residents falling through them, including a 10 year-old boy last year.
However, the new bill may prevent this acquisition since Collins Crossing would not be available for general public use.
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