Cities And Counties Bracing For Eminent Domain Legislation

Denver (AP) Representatives of cities and counties across the state are bracing for an expected onslaught of legislation restricting their ability to use eminent domain to condemn property. They are reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that left regulation of the practice to state and local governments.

A coalition of citizen groups applied Thursday for a spot on the 2006 ballot for a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure that private property cannot be taken for economic improvement, to increase sales taxes or to provide economic gain.

The group is called Colorado Citizens for Property Rights. Once the language of the initiative is approved, the coalition would have to gather about 68,000 signatures to get it on next year's ballot.

State Representative Al White, a Winter Park Republican, is
planning to introduce legislation limiting the use of eminent domain. He said he supports the initiative and will also ask lawmakers to approve a referred measure from the legislature, to make sure one of them gets on the ballot.

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