BOLLING FIRST TO SIGN ON TO EFFORTS TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN VIRGINIA
On June 28th Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling became the first statewide official to pledge his support to a conservative set of "core principles" that are designed to protect private property rights in Virginia.
"One of the most fundamental rights that we enjoy as Americans is the right to own private property", Bolling said. "We must do everything we can to protect private property rights in Virginia. This will be one of the highest priorities of my office."
Bolling made his comments at a capitol press conference to announcement the formation of the Commonwealth Alliance for Property Rights, a bipartisan, public/private group that will work to protect private property right during the 2007 session of the Virginia General Assembly.
In 2005, the United States Supreme Court, in the Kelo decision, significantly expanded governmental power to condemn private property through the use of eminent domain. The General Assembly attempted to close the loopholes created by the Kelo decision in 2006, but was unable to do so.
For more information on the "core principles" of the Commonwealth Alliance for Property Rights, please click here.