ATLANTA Georgia House lawmakers overwhelmingly today approved limitations on the ability of government and government agencies to seize private property, banning eminent domain use solely for tax-boosting purposes.
The measure, pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, passed 173-1 and now goes to the Senate.
Among other provisions, the legislation requires a public, recorded vote by an elected governing body before private property can be seized by an un-elected, quasi-governmental agency like a housing authority.
Lawmakers said the bill was in response to a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that allowed a Connecticut city to condemn private property for economic development gains.