New Hampshire Senate Democrats Praise Passage of Eminent Domain Legislation

For Immediate Release

Contact: Senator David Gottesman

Email: david.gottesman@leg.state.nh.us

Thursday, February 16, 2006

 

CONCORD, NH – Today, New Hampshire Senate Democrats praised the State Senate for passing SB 287, legislation making changes to eminent domain laws. New Hampshire Senate Democrats cited eminent domain as a key portion of the New Hampshire Senate Democratic Agenda in September of last year.

CONCORD, NH – Today, New Hampshire Senate Democrats praised the State Senate for passing SB 287, legislation making changes to eminent domain laws. New Hampshire Senate Democrats cited eminent domain as a key portion of the New Hampshire Senate Democratic Agenda in September of last year.

“We as legislators need to make sure that New Hampshire cities and towns are not forcing landowners to sell their land below market value with threats of eminent domain,” stated Senator David Gottesman, D-District 12, a key architect in making changes to current eminent domain laws. “The practice of condemning property, simply to devalue it, and then selling it to the highest bidder in the name of public good is not the way to treat landowners in the state of New Hampshire.”

“We recognized that the right to own property is cherished in New Hampshire, and our laws should reflect and protect the citizens of our state from unreasonable application of the eminent domain statute,” concluded Senator Gottesman. “We believe our bill is a good bill, and protects the people of New Hampshire in a reasonable way.”

Molly Cowan

 Senate Democratic Policy Director