Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use (first reference). (HJ647)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); taking or damaging of private property; public use.  Expands the prohibition on the enactment by the General Assembly of laws whereby private property may be taken or damaged. An existing provision authorizing the General Assembly to define what constitutes a public use is removed. The measure (i) states that the right to private property is fundamental; (ii) clarifies that the damaging or taking of private property is prohibited except for public use, and only upon the payment of just compensation to the owner; (iii) requires that the owner receive just compensation for the property taken or damaged and for damages to the residue; (iv) states that just compensation is no less than the value of the property taken or damaged, business goodwill, relocation expenses, loss of access and other economic loss proximately caused by the taking or damaging; (v) prohibits the taking of more property than is necessary to achieve the stated public use; (vi) provides that a taking of private property is not for public use if the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development, except for the authorized provision of a public utility, public service corporation, or railroad service or for the elimination of a public nuisance existing on the property; and (vii) requires the condemnor to bear the burden of proving that the use is public. Read the Bill »


02/04/2011: Merged into HB2130


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103938D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #1 Constitutional
01/17/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (3-Y 2-N)
01/28/2011Passed by for the day in Privileges and Elections
02/04/2011Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HJ693-Joannou)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ693.