A North Carolina Private Property Amendment
did not make the November 2012 ballot
in North Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The proposed measure would prevent property from being condemned solely for private economic development.
The bill was recommended by the House Judiciary Committee. According to reports, the bill is a response to a 2005 United States Supreme Court decision which upheld a Connecticut town's decision to condemn waterfront homes for private developers.
Text of measure
The proposed measure would ask voters:
Constitutional amendment to prohibit condemnation of private property to convey an interest in that property for economic development and to provide for the payment of just compensation with right of trial by jury in all condemnation cases.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Carolina Constitution
The North Carolina Constitution, Section 4 of Article XIII, requires that a legislatively-referred amendment go on the ballot after it is approved by a 60% vote of each house of the North Carolina State Legislature.