Last week, North Carolina FreedomWorks collected 160 signatures, which included Congressman Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), as part of its petition to the North Carolina legislature to protect property rights after the egregious Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision.
The signature collection initiated on the first night of a campaign to collect over 100,000 signatures. At the start of the next legislative session, the petition will be presented to the North Carolina legislature in order to encourage the North Carolina legislature to take action that protects basic private property rights.
The petition states:
“[We present this petition] Because the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision (Kelo vs. City of New London) ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut may condemn homes and businesses of residents to increase the city’s tax revenue and to achieve the city’s economic development purposes undermining the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow governments to seize private property through eminent domain if the property is for public use and the property owner is justly compensated.”
“As members of North Carolina FreedomWorks, we hereby sign this petition to the North Carolina General Assembly urging the government to act responsibly and uphold the intent of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. We urge the government not to allow ‘public use’ to include seizing private property to give (or sell at a discount) to other private entities.”
FreedomWorks North Carolina State Director Allen Page commented:
“North Carolina FreedomWorks is leading the fight to restore property rights by educating North Carolinians about this critical issue and encouraging legislative action. It is up to ordinary citizens to convince the North Carolina legislature to defend our property rights AND we won’t stop our petition campaign until the legislature upholds the Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights.”