Governor Perdue has gone public on Kelo and it is a very smart move. Given statements by Democrats nationally, the Republicans have much more wiggle room to draw up effective legislation. The problem for the GOP remains, however, last year’s SB5, which Democrats could use to beat up the Republicans and attempt to show the GOP as disingenuous on the issue of takings.
Gov. Sonny Perdue and top legislative leaders promised Thursday to take any action necessary to protect private property rights in Georgia following a U.S. Supreme Court decision giving local governments broad power to seize property for economic development purposes.
“This is a kitchen table issue,” Perdue declared in a news conference with House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, and others. “The people of Georgia want to be sure they can still hold onto their kitchen tables,” he said.
Perdue said he has instructed his legal team to examine current Georgia law to see what, if any, fixes are needed, up to and including a constitutional amendment.
S.B.5 remains a puzzle to me. How could the GOP have moved so far so early with that piece of legislation without realizing the implications and readily available spin.