The N.C. General Assembly is again considering a state constitutional amendment to prohibit using eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes. Scott Mooneyham has a column out on the topic, in which he notes:

One of the stranger aspects of Republican control of the North Carolina legislature is how long it has taken GOP lawmakers to get around to something that, based on public sentiment and party ideology, ought to be a slam dunk.

It was seven years ago when Republican Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, then a member of the minority party in the legislature, first introduced a bill that would allow voters to amend the state constitution to bar local governments from using the power of condemnation for economic development purposes.