52 Legislative Responses to Kelo v. City of New London and Subsequent Court Decisions—One Year Later Mary Massaron Ross and Kristen Tolan I. Introduction The federal government’s eminent domain power stems from the takings clause of the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which provides, “No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensaation. 1 The Fifth Amendment conditions the...