GAO Report on Eminent Domain

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 30, 2006

Eminent Domain: Information about Its Uses and Effect on Property Owners and Communities Is Limited, Full text GAO-07-28, and Highlights, November 30, 2006.

  • “In the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Congress mandated that GAO conduct a nationwide study on the use of eminent domain by state and local governments. This report provides information on (1) the purposes for and extent to which eminent domain can be and has been used; (2) the process states and select localities across the country use to acquire land, including by eminent domain; (3) how the use of eminent domain has affected individuals and communities in select localities; and (4) the changes state legislatures made to laws governing the use of eminent domain from June 2005 through July 2006.”
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