Seizing Property

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Lawmakers in at least 25 states are rushing to get property laws on the books that will protect homeowners from the effects of a recent Supreme Court decision. That's according to a legal group that lost the fight in a Connecticut case.

The court ruled that homes can be seized by the government to make way for commercial development. In the June ruling, justices also suggested states could pass laws to ban those seizures.

In Illinois, lawmakers are strengthening existing legislation restricting the use of eminent domain. One state senator says people feel "it's a threat to their personal property, and that has hit a chord."

But, an official with the National League of Cities says states shouldn't rush to "respond to the emotional impact." Don Borut says eminent domain is important for revitalizing neighborhoods.