POLITICAL COMMITTEE TO TAKE EMINENT DOMAIN REFORM MESSAGE TO VOTERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: CHUCK DOUGLAS


Bipartisan Group to Push Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

CONCORD - Former Senior Justice of the NH Supreme Court, Chuck Douglas,
announced today the formation of a bipartisan political action committee
committed to passing a state constitutional amendment limiting eminent
domain powers. The Property Protection Alliance of New Hampshire plans a
large scale campaign to inform voters on eminent domain reform and how a
constitutional amendment will protect homeowners’ rights.

In Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court held that anyone’s
home or business can be taken if the government thinks someone else can make
more money with the land. “This is a gross misinterpretation of eminent
domain powers; one that allows powerful developers to be able to steal
private citizens homes and land to build big-box retail chains, hotels or
casinos,” Douglas said, “Our country was founded on the principle of private
property rights and now that right is in jeopardy.”

A constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain to strictly public use,
rather than a mere public benefit, will keep large developers hands off of
NH residents’ homes and property.

The Property Protection Alliance of NH, chaired by Douglas, consists of a
group of concerned legislators, policy advocates and activists. Sen. Richard
Green (R-Rochester), Rep. Jim Splaine (D-Portsmouth) and Rep. Maureen C.
Mooney (R-Merrimack), Mike Dennehy, Charlie Arlinghaus and Paul Young have
all joined the effort to make a constitutional amendment limiting eminent
domain powers a major issue in state elections in November.