For Immediate Release: June 27,
Senator Brian Crain
Sen. Crain Says Legislation Needed to Prevent Abuse of Eminent
Crain is planning to introduce legislation limiting the circumstances
local governments can use for taking personal property. He said
last week’s Supreme Court decision was a serious blow to the
rights of individual property owners.
“I support the use of eminent domain for roads,
bridges and other kinds of infrastructure projects that clearly
benefit the public. But I do not support selling eminent domain
powers to the highest bidder. That’s what I’m afraid
this Supreme Court ruling could do,” said Crain, R-Tulsa.
Crain said he was very surprised by the ruling but
said it was indicative of the kind of judicial activism that has
raised concerns throughout the nation by legislators and private
“I believe the Constitution is very clear as
to what circumstances justify the use of eminent domain. I plan
on introducing legislation that will preserve the power of local
governments to use it for projects that truly are for the public
good but I think the idea of allowing local government to seize
property for the city’s financial benefit opens up the door
for cronyism and corruption,” Crain said. “That should
simply not be allowed to happen.”
Sen. Crain said more than just home ownership could
be at risk because of the court decision.
“I fear that this decision could extend to
water rights, mineral rights and any other rights involving real
property. We need to protect the property rights of all Oklahomans
by limiting the use of eminent domain to its traditional purposes.
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