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N.H. voters back eminent domain limits.

New Hampshire voters overwhelmingly amended the state Constitution to bar government from taking their property for another to develop.

Some 86 percent of the voters supported the change--well above the two-thirds needed for approval.

The amendment stems from a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives, government broad latitude in eminent domain cases if taking property provides a public benefit. The amendment, one of 11 on state ballots around the country, limits takings to projects like schools and roads actually used by the public.

The New Hampshire amendment reads: "No part of a person's property shall be taken by eminent domain and transferred, directly or indirectly, to another person if the taking is for the purpose of private development or other private use of the property."
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Title Annotation:REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION * in brief
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Nov 24, 2006
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