Sunday, March 28, 2010

Us Utah Gov. Oks Eminent Domain Use On Federal Land

This is a unique use of eminent domain, using it against the Federal Government that has catered to the environmentalists to the detriment of our western states. Maybe this will help to wake up the administration that we are fed up with big government.

Fed up with federal ownership of more than half the land in Utah, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Saturday authorized the use of eminent domain to take some of the U.S. government's most valuable parcels.

Herbert signed a pair of bills into law that supporters hope will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West, where lawmakers contend that federal ownership restricts economic development in an energy-rich part of the country.

Governments use eminent domain to take private property for public use.

The goal is to spark a U.S. Supreme Court battle that legislators' own attorneys acknowledge has little chance of success.

Read article here.

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