- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina House members are again pushing for a constitutional amendment reinforcing limits on state and local government to take private property against the owner’s will.

A House judiciary panel Wednesday recommended to the full chamber legislation on eminent domain. A full floor vote could come Thursday.

The issue gained interest following a U.S. Supreme Court decision almost 10 years ago. Since then, the House has passed proposed statewide referenda four times, but the Senate never has.

If it gets on the ballot, voters in May 2016 would be asked to bar condemnation of private property by state or local governments except for a “public use.” The amendment also would enshrine in the constitution the right to receive a jury trial to determine just compensation for condemned land.

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