House Considering Bill on Eminent Domain

The House is expected to consider H.R. 1944, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 today, under suspension of the rules. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would address at the federal level the 2005 Kelo vs. New London decision. The bill prohibits states that receive economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Violation of that provision would result in loss of all economic development funding for a period of two years. The bill creates a private right of action for any landowner who suffers injury as a result of a violation of any provision of this act.  The bill also prohibits any use of eminent domain for economic development by the federal government.


Farm Bureau supports the Private Property Rights Protection Act.