House passes proposed NC amendment on land condemnation; speaker hopes Senate will follow suit

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — House Speaker Tim Moore says he's unsure why a proposed constitutional amendment seeking restrictions on government seizure of private property has died in the Senate each time one has passed the House.

But Moore says he's hopeful the latest version will finally lead to the public's chance to vote.

Moore made the comments just after the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a measure designed to prohibit government land condemnations for private development. The bill directs a 2016 referendum limiting eminent domain except for "public use," as well as the right to receive a jury trial to determine just compensation for condemned land.

The bill received tentative House approval last week before Tuesday's vote of 113-5.

Similar proposed amendments have cleared the House on at least four other occasions.

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