Constitutional amendment; establishes limits on ability to take private property. (HJ772)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from co-patron Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); taking of private property. Establishes limits on the ability to take private property. Private property may not be taken unless the land taken is for the ownership, possession, occupation, and enjoyment by the public at large, or by public agencies, or the land taken is used for the creation or functioning of a public utility or railroad. Takings are also permitted if land taken is blighted and the taking eliminates a direct threat to public health or safety. An increase in tax base, tax revenues, employment, or general economic health and welfare shall not constitute public uses. Property shall not be taken for any private use, except with consent of the owner. Takings must be necessary to achieve the alleged public use, and the public interest must dominate the private gain. Taking under the pretext of an alleged public use, or to confer a benefit on a particular class of identifiable individuals or a private party, is impermissible. The issue of whether a use is truly public shall be determined without regard to any legislative assertion that the use is public. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2007Presented and ordered printed 076576352
01/19/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/25/2007Assigned P & E sub: #1 (Marshall, R.G.)


Donna Widawski writes:

Dear Del. cline,

I support bill HJ772. Virginia needs to be to protect citizens from eminent domain abuses.

Donna Widawski writes:

Delegate Ben Cline,

I support bill HJ772. The Commonwealth needs to do a better job of protecting its citizen's property rights.

Geoff writes:

This is the best eminent domain legislation this year.