Resolutions

Resolution In Support Of The Virginia Property Rights Amendment

September 30, 2012

WHEREAS, the founding fathers and the framers of the Constitution of the United States recognized the right to private property as a fundamental mark of a free people and a right instituted by God; and

WHEREAS, James Madison declared that "government is instituted to protect property," Thomas Jefferson termed the protection of private property "the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it," and John Adams affirmed that "property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty"; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Kelo v. City of New London that government may seize the home, small business, or other private property of one owner and transfer that property to another private owner on the grounds that such a transfer would benefit the community through greater economic development; and

WHEREAS, the Loudoun County Republican Committee believes that the right of private property is fundamental to individual liberty and an important guarantee of freedom; and

WHEREAS, the Loudoun County Republican Committee affirms that the power of eminent domain should be limited to clear instances of "public use," such as roads, railroads, utilities, public facilities, and similar projects benefitting the public as a whole, and that government takings should not be used for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development except for elimination of a public nuisance existing on a property; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Property Rights Amendment proposed by the Virginia General Assembly affirms what we believe to be the original intent of the Virginia Constitution for the protection of property rights; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Senate Joint Resolution 3 and House Joint Resolution 3 to strengthen and maintain private property rights in the Constitution of Virginia and to establish that eminent domain may only be used for true public use, and that owners must receive just compensation for property taken, including compensation for losses incurred by the taking beyond the assessed value of the property taken; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Property Rights Amendment will come before the voters for ratification on the November election ballot; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee expresses its appreciation to the Virginia General Assembly for its diligent actions to protect the property rights of Virginians by drafting legislation and passing the Virginia Property Rights Amendment to the Virginia Constitution for approval by the citizens of Virginia; and be it

RESOLVED by the Loudoun County Republican Committee, that this Committee supports the adoption of the Virginia Property Rights Amendment, and encourages its ratification by the voters on November 6, 2012; and, be it

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee's support for the Virginia Property Rights Amendment be indicated on any sample ballots produced or distributed by this Committee for the general election on November 6, 2012; and, be it

RESOLVED, that the chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee shall publish and disseminate copies of this resolution to the Virginia General Assembly, the public, and the news media.

On behalf of the Loudoun County Republican Committee,

Mark Sell
Chairman
September 24, 2012