Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC, State Leagues Discuss Eminent Domain Strategy

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC, State Leagues Discuss Eminent Domain Strategy

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State league directors and staff representing 20 states convened in Washington last week to share strategies for dealing with eminent domain legislation which is being considered in many state legislatures across the country.

The action in state legislatures has heated up since the June Supreme Court ruling in the Kelo v. City of New London case which reaffirmed that eminent domain can be used to acquire property for economic development projects that meet a public need.

The two-day strategy session in Washington was part of ongoing work by NLC and the state leagues to share information and develop joint strategies for communicating about when, how, and under what circumstances cities might consider using eminent domain and for working with state legislators to develop reasonable guidelines and protections. A total of 34 state league representatives participated in the session.

"This issues management session is a good example of the important grassroots partnership between NLC and the state municipal leagues," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "The session was about sharing ideas, experiences, strategies and resources to ensure that we produce the best results for the cities and towns we collectively represent--at both the federal and state level."

Congress is also considering several bills related to future use of eminent domain as a result of the Supreme Court decision.

Dr. Scott Paine, associate professor of communication and government at the University of Tampa, facilitated the session.

Paine, an expert in political leadership, public opinion, and local and state government, guided a thoughtful discussion among the participants on the legislative, political and public relations dimensions of this complex issue. …

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