The media frenzy in the aftermath of Kelo v. City of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005), has led to the introduction of hundreds of pieces of legislation in approximately 40 states and to attempts by Congress to either overturn or severely curtail the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding. This article examines some of the various legislative approaches that have been offered and concludes that more thoughtful consideration must be given to the short-term and long-term consequences of the various proposals. Some of these initiatives would have broad-sweeping and devastating effects on the traditional power of state and local governments to exercise eminent domain to serve a variety of legitimate public purpose goals.

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