Public Policy

Victory: PLF and People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners defeat unconstitutional Endangered Species Act regulation

Published November 5, 2014 at Liberty Blog.  Written by Jonathan Wood For the first time, a federal court has struck down federal regulation of a species under the Endangered Species Act, holding that the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government limitless powers. People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners members are property owners and local government in southwestern […]

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Va. Farmer Says Green Group Urged County to Harass Her With Zoning Citations

By Kevin Mooney | The Daily Signal | Juy 17, 2014 http://dailysignal.com/2014/07/17/va-farmer-says-green-group-urged-county-harass-zoning-citations/ A well-funded, politically influential environmental group based in Fauquier County, Va., stands accused of colluding with government officials and real estate moguls to force a local farmer into selling a highly coveted parcel of land. The Piedmont Environmental Council, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt […]

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Why the California Raisins Have Stopped Singing Using 1930s-era regulations, the USDA can commandeer up to half a farmer’s harvest.

By  JAMES BOVARD Earlier this month the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture taking 47% of a farmer’s harvest does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause as long as the government aims to drive up crop prices. The May 9 decision was the latest absurdity in a decade-long legal […]

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In Wild West, A Wild Property Grab

January 28, 2014 | By Christina Sandefur, Goldwater Institute  Alarmed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that left property across America vulnerable to government seizure, in 2006 Arizona voters overwhelmingly enacted Prop. 207, one of the nation’s strongest protections for property rights. That law ensured that government can only take private property for truly public uses, […]

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Litchfield Park may acquire park using eminent domain

by David Madrid – Apr. 22, 2012 08:47 PM The Republic | azcentral.com Rejecting an almost $1.7 million price tag, Litchfield Park officials may resort to condemnation to transform a deteriorating piece of land into a public park. For two years, the city has been unable to reach an agreement with the owners of Scout […]

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ORANGE Annual Luncheon A Smashing Success!

The ORANGE Coalition held it’s annual luncheon on Wednesday, January 4th at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.  The agenda boasted nationally recognized speakers, state representatives, and key stakeholders in matters relating to private property rights.  The lunch meeting was attended by not only ORANGE Board members and officers, but elected officials, experts in private property rights […]

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Arizona Legislature Puts Feds On Notice Over Land Use

During the 2011 legislative session; the Arizona Legislature passed a law which grants the state authority to take land owned by the Federal government. The bill, SB1546, grants Arizona the authority to use eminent domain to acquire federally held public land. The law is similar to a bill which was passed by the Utah Legislature […]

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Not Just an Arizona Issue

In Mississippi, voters will be headed to the November polls to bolster their private property rights.  Over 120,000 voters signed petitions to amend the Mississippi constitution of 1890 to “state that property seized through eminent domain cannot be given to any person, non-governmental entity, public-private partnership, corporation, or other business entity, for 10 years.” (Source: Clarion […]

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ORANGE Coalition Weighs in on APS Power Line Dispute

The ORANGE Coalition is the newest stakeholder in a dispute between private property owners from North Peoria, APS and the Bureau of Land Management. ORANGE recently joined ongoing discussions about a proposed APS power line along State Route 74. Conflict arose over the final location of the proposed line. Property owners in North Peoria, specifically […]

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ORANGE Board Takes Fact-Finding Trip to the Old Pueblo

ORANGE Coalition Chair Laura Knaperek teamed up with Southern Arizona Board Members Ted Downing and Ruth McClung for a fact-finding trip toTucson. This trip was scheduled as part of ORANGE’s ongoing effort to become the premier statewide organization fighting for private property rights in Arizona. During the trip toTucson, the ORANGE delegation met with a […]

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