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Senator John Cornyn: The Antidote To The Kelo Blues.
The Supreme Court's decision in Kelo got you down?
Cheer up. Texas Senator John Cornyn is on the case. He has introduced legislation to protect the private property rights of Americans, rights which were eroded by the Court's controversial 5-4 decision.
In his floor speech (.pdf), Cornyn explained:
The protection of homes, small businesses, and other private property rights against government seizure and other unreasonable government interference is a fundamental principle and core commitment of our nation’s Founders. As Thomas Jefferson famously wrote on April 6, 1816, the protection of such rights is “the first principle of association, ‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.’”
Cornyn then put the Kelo decision in the context of the ongoing struggle to populate the court with the right judges (.pdf):
In a way, the Kelo decision at least vindicates supporters of the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That nomination attracted substantial controversy in some quarters, because of Justice Brown’s personal passion for the protection of private property rights. The Kelo decision announced last Thursday demonstrates that her concerns about excessive government interference with property rights is well-founded and well within the mainstream of American jurisprudence.
Cornyn's measure, Senate Bill 1313, is limited in scope:
The legislation would clarify government’s exercise of its power of eminent domain to be limited only for public use. ‘Public use’ shall not be construed to include economic development. This standard of protection would apply only to (1) all exercises of eminent domain power by the federal government, and (2) all exercises of eminent domain power by state and local government through the use of federal funds.
Individual states would still need to pass measures to protect private property, but Cornyn's legislation could prevent the federal government from engaging in eminent domain for the express purpose of increasing its tax base.
Posted by Will Franklin · 27 June 2005 11:20 PM
I really like John Cornyn! ... He is a great Senator!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 28, 2005 07:53 AM
Recieved a Dem. Senatorial Camp. Committee fund raiser letter yesterday from Hillary R.Clinton Interesting stuff!...
Posted by: Pat at June 30, 2005 10:53 AM
Please go slow on bill 1313. Allow time for completion of the following public action:
Posted by: Harry Clift at June 30, 2005 12:56 PM