• Research Report

    Seize Property As a Last Resort: Eminent domain bill should protect humans, not just natural habitats

    posted June 14, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    In North Carolina, the government can invoke eminent domain and seize private property even if reasonable alternatives exist to using this power. A recent Senate bill (SB 600) would allow conservation easement holders to challenge takings in court by requiring the government to prove that no prudent and feasible alternatives exist to condemnation of properties encumbered by conservation easements.
  • Research Report

    The Smoking Ban Bill: Make no mistake; it’s an attack on property rights

    posted May 4, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    Either version (House or Senate) of the smoking ban bill is a major threat to personal freedom and property rights. The Senate is considering a bill that would prohibit smoking in “public places” and “places of employment,” such as restaurants. The House version has the same general prohibition, but it also would include a very narrow exception for businesses that do not serve or allow entry to minors.
  • Research Report

    Meaningful Services and Proper Oversight: Two Common-Sense Annexation Reforms

    posted February 11, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    Even those commission members who would have wanted a proper definition of “meaningful services” had to oppose the weak definition provided to them by the legislative staff. The chair prohibited commission members from amending the definition. The recommendation was so weak that it would have allowed municipalities forcibly to annex areas without providing water and sewer service.
  • Research Report

    Forced Annexation in N.C.: A question-and-answer guide

    posted January 21, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    Forced annexation is a kind of city-initiated annexation that allows municipalities unilaterally to force citizens living in unincorporated areas into the municipalities. North Carolina has an extreme annexation law even among states classified by recent studies as forced-annexation states.
  • Press Release

    New guide answers N.C. forced annexation questions

    posted January 21, 2009
    Click here to listen to Daren Bakst discussing this report. RALEIGH — North Carolina has an “extreme” annexation law that needs major reform. That’s the assessment of a John…
  • Research Report

    A Blueprint for Annexation Reform

    posted December 15, 2008 by Daren Bakst
    Real reform of the state’s regressive annexation law does not mean getting rid of annexation generally or even city-initiated annexation. However, it should mean getting rid of the practice of forced annexation that allows municipalities to unilaterally force individuals in unincorporated areas to live within the municipalities.

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