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Following up on the press release about the Senate forming a Kelo related committee, the Southeastern Legal Foundation is getting in on the act.

State laws believed to keep local governments from seizing private property for developers might not be enough after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the head of a conservative legal group said Tuesday.

That prompted some lawmakers to say a constitutional amendment is in order.

Under the Georgia Constitution, local governments are only allowed to take land away from private owners if it is to be used for “public purposes.” But the country’s highest court made that limitation meaningless by expanding the interpretation of “public uses” in a ruling on a case from Connecticut, according to Shannon Goessling, a lawyer who heads the conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation.