Missouri Citizens for Property Rights seeks to restore constitutional protection against private use eminent domain.

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Endorsements

The Heritage Foundation
“I endorse the worthy and valuable principals of the Missouri Citizens for Property Rights' proposed constitutional amendment to better protect property rights, and I support the enactment of any proposal like it that prevents abuses of traditional eminent domain powers and provides safeguards against the confiscation of private property for other private uses.” -
Todd Gaziano, Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies The Heritage Foundation

Property Rights Alliance
Property Rights Alliance (PRA) commends Missouri Citizens for Property Rights for their efforts to protect private property in the state of Missouri. With the threat of eminent domain abuse looming at the state and national level, it is imperative that organizations and activists work together to protect property owners and small business enterprises from government’s grasp. PRA applauds the work of Missouri Citizens for Property Rights and supports its continued efforts to protect the Missourian property owner.” -Scott A. LaGanga, Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance (PRA)

Reason Foundation
I have looked at a lot of legislation and efforts around the country to limit eminent domain abuse. Most of them are laudable. But the effort of Missouri Citizens for Property Rights stands out from the crowd. Not only are they meticulous about changing the law to confine eminent domain to true public uses, they put real effort into discussing alternatives to eminent domain for cities dealing with blight and economic development challenges. I am impressed by how they combine a hard line on property rights with an effort to address the public policy consequences.“ Dr. Adrian Moore, Vice President, Reason Foundation (Blog)

American Policy Center
The threat to private property is real. Since the Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo VS New London, no home is secure. As the battle rages across the country, two approaches have emerged: those who try to appease, consequently doing little for property owner's protection -- and those who are serious about protecting private property from the ravages of Eminent Domain. The effort by the Missouri Citizens for Property Rights takes the no-compromising stand and gets it right.” Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center

The Rutherford Institute
"I commend the Missouri Citizens for Property Rights in their work to protect the rights of private property owners. This is essential legislation and should be used in other states to ensure that what happened in Connecticut by way of the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision does not happen again."--
John W. Whitehead, President, The Rutherford Institute

The Claremont Institute
Our government officials seem to have lost their way. The primary purpose of government is supposed to be the protection of the inalienable rights of its citizens, including the right to own property, yet all too frequently planning department bureaucrats, with the sanction of both elected officials and courts, view their role as implementing some communitarian ideal, trampling individual rights for what these bureaucrats believe to be the common good. I therefore applaud the efforts of Missouri Citizens for Property Rights
to reinvigorate the protection of private property that the Missouri Constitution has historically afforded, amending the constitution to forestall erroneous interpretations of the long-standing provisions. The restoration of property rights as one of our fundamental rights, deserving protection against tyrannical majorities for all but the most compelling of public use reasons, is an important battle, and I wish you much success.” - John Eastman, Director, The Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

Missouri Property Rights -

Defenders of Property Rights-
“Defenders of Property Rights applauds the Missouri Citizens for Property Rights for their effort to restore the traditional, constitutional principles of property rights in the state of Missouri. Considering the recent tragic results of eminent domain abuse, it is essential that organization’s collaborative efforts work towards returning eminent domain to its appropriate use and prevent private property owners from more unjust takings. Defenders of Property Rights commends the determination of Missouri Citizens for Property Rights in defending property rights and will continue to support their efforts to minimize the victimization of Missourian private property owners as a result of eminent domain abuse.” –
Nancie Marzulla, President, Defenders of Property Rights

MEDAC (Missouri Eminent Domain Abuse – Coalition)

Concerned Citizens for Family Farms and Heritage, Doug McDaniel President-

The O’Fallon Old Town Preservation Committee
The O’Fallon Old Town Preservation Committee is proud to endorse the Missouri Constitutional Amendments proposed by the Missouri Citizens for Property Rights.”

New Life Evangelistic Center

Concerned Women for America

 

Its time to stop Eminent Domain for Private Gain in Missouri!

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MO-CPR IN THE NEWS

Current News

January 25, 2009

Print - Post Dispatch

Study finds $2.2 billion in TIF funding in St. Louis region
This timely article tells of the study by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in which they tally the effects of all the TIF projects in the St. Louis region. They conclude that TIFs are largely counter-productive.

January 25, 2009

Print - Post Dispatch editorial

Billions of dollars blown in regional development subsidies
"Since 1990, the St. Louis region's crazy quilt of taxing authorities has dedicated more than $2 billion in public money to subsidize private "economic development" projects. And there's almost nothing to show for it. At best, the subsidies have created a handful of jobs..." Subsidies amount to $370,370 per retail job created!

January 23, 2009

Print & Web
Fulton Sun

Eminent domain petitioning to return to a street corner near you
The Fulton Sun reports of the MO-CPR petition project and reports of the Missouri Municipal League's opposition.

January 23, 2009

Print & Web
KC Star

Three Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2010 Missouri Ballot
News that the MO-CPR petition is approved by the SOS for circulation.

October 28, 2008

Print & Video

(Fox2-St. Louis) Legislation to end private use eminent domain planned for 2009 MO session.
Rep. Bylinda Harris announces that she will again sponsor two HJRs which are identical to the MO-CPR amendments.

June 17, 2008

Print & Video

(Fox2-St. Louis) Legislative effort to hinder petition process fails
A bill in the Missouri legislature would have made it harder for citizens to change the laws or constitution using the initiative petition. The bill failed in the final hours of the session.

March 8, 2008

Print & Video

(CW11-St. Louis) Richmond Heights homeowners in Eminent Domain limbo
Some Richmond Heights homeowners have been fighting for years to save their homes from the wrecking ball, but last year they finally gave up in their battle against eminent domain. Now they're ready to move and stuck waiting for the payouts they were promised.

March 7, 2008

Print

(Post Dispatch, St. Louis) Nuisance ordinances are the answer to the blight problem
Now, eminent domain allows overzealous cities and developers to gain ownership of properties they want without paying fair value.

March 3, 2008

Print

(Post Dispatch, St. Louis) Too much uncertainty hurts property owners
Out of state invester explains why he will take his investments elsewhere as long as Missouri refuses to respect property rights.

March 2, 2008

Print

(Post Dispatch, St. Louis) Eminent domain: Too much flexibility
Letter to editor counters Post Dispatch editorial that the MO-CPR amendments "end up protecting slumlords from condemnation processes."

February 18, 2008

Print

(The Missourian) Washington, Mo. -- Eminent Domain Petitions
It appears the movement to amend the Missouri Constitution to curb the use of eminent domain for private uses and profits eventually will be before voters.

February 10, 2008

Video

(Fox2-STL) Rock Hill Lawsuit
It’s double trouble for a Rock Hill family. First they lose their house through eminent domain. Then the city sues them for removing items from their house before it was demolished.

February 4, 2008

Video

(Fox2-STL) Richmond Heights - Eminent Domain Limbo
An eminent domain deal turns sour in Richmond Heights. Residents pressured into selling their homes to a developer don't know if or when they'll get paid.

January 25, 2008

Print

(The Examiner) Jackson County -- Stalemate: An epic battle between homeowner rights vs. the city growth.
Eleanor Miller get a reprieve in the battle to save her impeccable home, but neighbors are still threatened.

January 22, 2008

Video

(Fox-2-StL) Sunset Hills, Mo. -- You Paid For It: Eminent Domain
Fox 2's Elliott Davis continues to shed light on the private use eminent domain issue. Here he reports on the Ballot Initiative.

January 18, 2008

Video

(Fox-4 KC) Sugar Creek, MO -- Sugar Creek Residents Fight For Eminent Domain Rights
This report of the Tourkakis Supreme Court case ties the outcome to a local struggle by property owners in Sugar Creek. This report captures the essence of this battle. MUST VIEW

January 17, 2008

Video

(KPLR-StL) Eminent Domain Fight
Arnold, MO — The issue of eminent domain is at the center of a case before the Missouri Supreme Court Thursday. The landmark decision could impact property owners around the country... (This report got it right.)

January 17, 2008

Video

(Fox2- STL) Arnold Eminent Domain Case Heads To Supreme Court
This is an interview of Homer at 4:30 a.m., right before he headed to Jefferson City to the Supreme Court.

January 17, 2008

No Video

(KSDK-5-StL) State High Court Hears Arnold Eminent Domain Case.
Reporting the oral arguments.

January 17, 2008

Print

(AP) Supreme Court considers eminent domain in smaller citiesThis report of the Supreme Court oral arguments characterizes the implications of the case properly.

January 17, 2008

Print - Oped

(Springfield News-Leader) Properties becoming too easy to take away
The Show-Me Institute's Dave Rolland provides some historical legal perspective about the evolution of property rights and how that relates to the current Supreme Court case.

January 18, 2008

Video

(KOMU-TV8, Columbia) Hoping to Protect Homes
This report about the Supreme Court oral arguments makes the same mistake that many of the reports made, that is, failing to point out that the case is about private takings - not eminent domain for true public uses.

January 17, 2008

Print

(Post Dispatch, St. Louis) Mo's high court hears eminent domain case today
This is a report of the Supreme Court arguments. It also fails to make the distinction between the case's effect on private verses public use takings.

November 12, 2007

Web

(Show Me Progress) Tourkakis Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse.
Report of pending Supreme Court battle

June 26, 2007

Video

(Fox2-STL) Businesses Cry Foul Over Use Of Eminent Domain
Private property taken for private gain...that's the complaint of small business owners caught in the middle of a north county redevelopment project. The project, Northpark, is near Lambert airport at the intersection of Case and north Hanley. It’s just one more chapter in the area's long running debate over the use of eminent domain.

June 24, 2007

Video

(Fox2- STL) City of Arnold Mayor Powell Won't Accept Circuit Court Defeat
The City of Arnold plans to appeal their loss in court over eminent domain. Arnold tried to force Doctor Homer Tourkakis off his property, but a judge ruled it couldn't. Now Arnold plans to spend more money on top of the tens of thousands already spent on lawyers. You Paid For It questions the mayor about the city's decision.

May 21, 2007

Web

(MO-CPR) Press Release about cuircuit court win from from MO-CPR.
First news of the Tourkakis case.
Studies / Essays

January, 2008

Print

(Institute for Justice) "Doomsday? No Way Economic Trends and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform"
This study shows that the eminent domain reforms enacted by various since the 2005 Kelo decision have NOT curtailed development.

October, 2007

Print

(Show-Me Institute) "The Specter of Condemnation: The Case Against Eminent Domain for Private Profit in Missouri"
This study, authored by Timothy B. Lee, Shaida Dezfuli, clearly illustrates the pitfalls of private use eminent domain in Missouri.

June, 2007

Print

(Castle Coalition) " Development Without Eminent Domain --Foundation of Freedom Inspires Urban Growth"
Curt Pringle, Mayor of the City of Anaheim, writes about how that forward thinking city grows without private use eminent domain.

January, 2007

Web

(St. Louis Federal Reserve's The Regional Economist) - "The Taking of Prosperity? Kelo vs. New London and the Economics of Eminent Domain" By Thomas A. Garrett and Paul Rothstein
Conclusion: "...eminent domain used for private economic development will likely result in a zero-sum gain and may actually hinder economic development in the local areas, as well as the region, rather than help."

January, 2006

Web

Tax Increment Financing: A Tool for Local Economic Development - Richard F. Dye and David F. Merriman
'Conclusion Tax increment financing is an alluring tool. TIF districts grow much faster than other areas in their host municipalities. TIF boosters or naive analysts might point to this as evidence of the success of tax increment financing, but they would be wrong. Observing high growth in an area targeted for development is unremarkable. The issues we have studied are (1) whether the targeting causes the growth or merely signals that growth is coming; and (2) whether the growth in the targeted area comes at the expense of other parts of the same municipality. We find evidence that the non-TIF areas of municipalities that use TIF grow no more rapidly, and perhaps more slowly, than similar municipalities that do not use TIF."

January, 2006

Web

(Missouri First) "Blight and the Powers of the State (A contrasting of the Police Powers with the Eminent Domain Powers.)"
Real, principled solutions to "blight" are outlined here. The principle problem of using eminent domain to deal with blight is revealed.

December, 2005

Web

(Missouri First) "Property Rights – The Core Issue"
The history and principles behind the American concept of property rights is covered here. This is an important foundation for anyone who wants to properly articulate the significance of the issue.
Local News

January 17, 2008

Print

Rock Hill, MO -- Board Member DiPlacido Wants To Restrict Eminent Domain
Mayor stiffles discussion and Rock Hill Board of Aldermen vote to exclude bill restricting eminent domain from agenda.

January 15, 2008

Print

(The Examiner - Jackson County, Mo.) Sugar Creek should slow down.
In this guest editorial by IJ's Scott Bullock, he explains the significance of the Tourkakis case.