Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation Thanks Senate Democrats Deeds and Puckett for Protecting Private Property Rights
February 15, 2011 (Richmond, Virginia) –

Despite the attempts of some Senate Democrats, and special interest groups, HJ 693 (Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use) was saved and voted out of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee today.

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation is in support of this amendment which would protect private property from eminent domain abuse.   “The Kelo Decision of the Supreme Court in 2005 was a complete reversal of the Founder’s intent on private property, “ says, Mark Kevin Lloyd, Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation. “ Kelo VS City of New London,  essentially said that property belonged to whomever the government assigned it.  HJ 693 will secure constitutional private property rights in Virginia.  We thank all of the Senators who voted it out of committee, especially Senator Creigh Deeds (D- 25, Bath ) and Senator Phil Puckett (D- 38, Tazewell).

HJ693 proceeds to the full Senate floor for a vote on February 16.  The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation is asking Senators to vote in favor of the full bill without any amendments.

HJ693 is co-patroned by Del Johnny Joannou (D-79, Portsmouth).

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