The New York State Bar Association is calling upon the state Legislature to set up a temporary commission to study proposed changed to eminent domain laws in the state. A. Vincent Buzard, president of the association, submitted testimony to the state's Senate Judiciary Committee this month requesting that the state refrain from changing existing law until the proposed commission completes its review. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in an eminent domain case, Kelo vs. City of New London, provoked public outcry and prompted several states to strengthen homeowner protections in eminent domain laws. The Kelo case found that a local government acted legally in using eminent domain to purchase private property and allow a private developer to build on that land. "Kelo is based on established legal...
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