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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Eminent Domain Vote In Preston, CT

Good news:

PRESTON--Voters in Preston showed their overwhelming opposition Tuesday to the idea of private land being taken by the town for economic development. At referendum, voters adopted an ordinance against taking land by eminent domain.
This is certainly a set in the right direction. Here's the question that was put to the voters from Preston's website:

Notice of Referendum

To Be Held Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 7-7, and a Special Town Meeting of the Town of Preston, the following question will be put to a machine or paper ballot referendum vote to be held at the Preston Town Hall on Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.:

1. Shall the Town of Preston adopt an ordinance prohibiting the acquisition of certain property by eminent domain for privately held or controlled economic development purposes in the Town of Preston?

A “Yes” vote shall be in favor of adoption of the ordinance; a “No” vote shall be opposed to adoption of the ordinance.

Dated @ Preston, CT this 27th Day of October, 2005.
Of course, this still leaves open to interpertation just exactly what is meant by "for privately held or controled...development", but like I said, it's a move in the right direction. Hopefully other towns across and Connecticut and the entire nation will take similar action.


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