California’s Proposition 99 purports to stop eminent domain — don’t fall for it

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ilya_somin On June 3 Californians vote on Proposition 99, a ballot initiative sponsored by groups representing cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and other pro-condemnation interests. It purports to protect property rights against eminent domain, but it actually provides almost no protection.

Citing a Saint Index finding that only 21 percent of Americans know whether their state has enacted eminent domain reform legislation, Ilya Somin, an assistant professor of law at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, writes in the Los Angeles Times that Proposition 99 is a particularly skillful attempt to exploit political ignorance to block effective eminent domain reform. Californians shouldn’t fall for it, he said.

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