Eminent Domain Protections

Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to make it harder for local governments to seize property for economic development.

The legislation is a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed a local government to condemn homes and then sell the property to a private developer.

Under the Florida legislation, cities and counties could not take property and turn it over to developers, and the league of cities says the proposal makes it too hard for local governments to engage in urban renewal.

Craig Kohn of The Florida League of Cities told lawmakers, “Addressing distressed conditions in a community requires a comprehensive approach, rather than a band aid or piecemeal approach. This overreaction to the Kelo decision strikes at the very heart of community redevelopment and a city’s ability to breathe life into distressed areas.”

Voters will be required to approve constitutional amendments implementing the legislation this fall.