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Statement of Governor Sonny Perdue Regarding Eminent Domain

Thursday, June 30, 2005  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today following a joint press conference with legislative leadership regarding eminent domain:

“ Freedom needs a place to stand. As Americans, we are more confident in asserting our liberties and in pursuing our dreams when we have a place to call our own.  Property owners take greater pride in their neighborhoods and are more invested in improving their communities.  But in the Kelo case, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively removed any limitation on when the power of eminent domain can be used for condemnation of private property.

“Nothing in the Court's opinion however prevents a state like Georgia from enforcing stronger restrictions on eminent domain than what the Supreme Court is willing to impose.  In fact, the Court is essentially inviting state governments to become the protectors of property rights.  We accept that invitation.

“The right to own and enjoy private property creates the foundation for a free society.  This is a kitchen table issue – Georgians want to be sure they can hold on to their kitchen table.  Our citizens demand the strongest protection.  I will do all in my power to ensure that eminent domain is not abused and that the property of Georgia families is secure.”