Constitutional amendment; taking of private property for public use (first reference). (SJ307)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); taking of private property for public uses.  Limits the exercise of eminent domain for the purpose of public use and specifies that, with the exception of property taken for public service corporations, public service companies, or railroads, property may not be taken if the primary purpose of the taking is private financial gain, private benefit, an increase in tax base or tax revenues, or an increase in employment. No more property shall be taken than is necessary to achieve the stated public use. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11
01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100710D
01/05/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2011Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments, Reapportionment, Referenda
02/08/2011Rules suspended (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Left in Privileges and Elections
02/08/2011Motion to suspend the rules rejected (18-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ27.


Rick Sincere writes:

Senator Obenshain talks about this constitutional amendment (and competing measures introduced this year) in this interview: