• Georgia RLC Urges No Votes on Constitutional Amendments 1, 2, and 3!
• Just as 2006 was a poor year for Republicans, it was similarly a poor year for our ballot initiatives. The RLC endorsed failed initiatives Prop. 90 in California (eminent domain), Prop. 2 in Idaho (eminent domain), Question 1 in Maine (TABOR), Measure 423 in Nebraska (TABOR), Measure 48 in Oregon (TABOR), and Initiative 933 in Washington (eminent domain).
• However, some of the RLC’s endorsed eminent domain initiatives were successful: Amendment 5 in South Carolina, Measure 39 in Oregon, Question 2 in Nevada, Question 1 in New Hampshire, Measure 2 in North Dakota, Proposal 4 in Michigan, and Resolution 1 in Georgia all passed.
• As a result of a comprehensive RLC lobbying effort, both branches of the Florida legislature voted to refer a Constitutional Amendment on eminent domain to Florida voters in November 2006. Florida voters passed Amendment 8, which prohibits the transfer of private property taken by eminent domain to a private entity.
• RLC member Laird Maxwell was the lead organizer of the effort to pass Proposition 207 in Arizona in 2006. The proposal passed by 64% and was notably the only eminent domain initiative in the country that passed while also including specific language related to just compensation for regulatory takings. (A similar initiative passed in Oregon in 2004.) As a result of the initiative’s specific language, property owners whose land is taken via eminent domain for public purposes in Arizona are entitled to just payment for the full market value of their property.
A RLC member collects a signature for a 2006 judicial recall ballot initiative in Montana. The initiative was eventually disqualified by a Montana Court.
• The RLC supported Measure 37 in Oregon, which allows property owners whose property value is reduced by environmental or other land use regulations to claim compensation from state or local government. The measure passed and is now codified as Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 195.305.
• The California RLC affiliate was an official proponent of Proposition 36, The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, which voters passed by 61% in 2000. The law allowed first-time non-violent drug offenders to receive drug abuse treatment rather than incarceration.