- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House is not giving up on letting voters weigh in on prohibiting local or state governments from condemning someone’s property for private economic development.

The chamber voted overwhelmingly Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment to limit takings of private property except for a “public use,” such as highways, government buildings or utility distribution. A statewide referendum would be in 2018.

The House has now passed an amendment six times. The Senate agreed to the proposal last year, but only after adding two unrelated constitutional questions to a bill the House didn’t consider.

North Carolina legislators changed laws after a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision siding with a Connecticut town that gave land to private developers. Amendment supporters say restrictions in the state Constitution provides greater property protections.

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