Today, Californians for Property Rights Protection announced they have reached a major milestone by securing the financing required to qualify the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act: a property rights, eminent domain reform ballot measure slated to appear on the June 2008 ballot.
In order to qualify the eminent domain reform measure, 694,354 valid signatures must be submitted by November 26, 2007. Signature gathering that began last month generated more than 100,000 signatures. Having secured financial backing to collect 1 million signatures, the campaign has expanded its signature drive statewide. The campaign also has a strong coalition consisting of victims of eminent domain abuse, homeowners, small businesses, family farms and faith based groups to collect signatures.
“Having reached our financial goal, there is no question that our eminent domain reform measure will appear on the June ballot,” said former Congressman Doug Ose, the campaign’s State Finance Chair. “Californians should take great comfort in knowing that we are one step closer to protecting their homes and private property from eminent domain abuse.”
After honoring his term limit pledge, Congressman Doug Ose of Sacramento, retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. He represented California’s 3rd Congressional District on the House Agriculture, Finance and Government Reform Committees.
The California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act is sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Farm Bureau Federation and California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights. The CPOFPA is a landmark constitutional amendment that will restore true property rights protections to all Californians. The measure prohibits government from seizing private property from unwilling sellers and giving it to another private entity, while maintaining government’s use of eminent domain for legitimate public projects.
Californians for Property Rights Protection: http://www.yesonpropertyrights.com