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Acting to Defend Private Property

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Washington, DC, January 26, 2015 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the “Defense of Property Rights Act” in response to recent adverse action taken by government actors against Southern Tier landowners.

The bill would defend private property rights by providing an option for compensation on behalf of those unfairly harmed by government action. It would also open the judicial process in a more fair and equitable way. Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:

“Far too often private property owners are left on the sidelines while local, state and federal governments’ make decisions for them on what they can and cannot do with their property. This is not right; it is not fair; and it is not the American way. These actions by government entities often leave our neighbors and friends with property that is worth much less, hurting their families and leaving them little choice but to accept the lower value.

“That is why I invited Steuben County farmer Neil Vitale to the State of the Union this week. I wanted to highlight those unjustly and unfairly impacted by adverse government action. I care deeply about the farmers and families of Western New York, which is why I am putting this concern into action.

“As a result, I have introduced a bill to defend Neil Vitale and all those unfairly harmed by government. This legislation would allow our friends and neighbors the option to seek compensation for their loss and provide a more fair process in our court system.

“I appeal to our highest of American ideals - fairness and doing what is right. And today I believe we have taken a big first step in defense of fairness and in defense of private property rights.” 

*An additional Bill Summary is available upon request.


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