Virginia 2012 Ballot Initiatives
Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (i) to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?
Shall Section 6 of Article IV (Legislature) of the Constitution of Virginia concerning legislative sessions be amended to allow the General Assembly to delay by no more than one week the fixed starting date for the reconvened or “veto” session when the General Assembly meets after a session to consider the bills returned to it by the Governor with vetoes or amendments?
I feel very strongly about question 1. Of course we should do everything possible to protect private property rights. We shouldn’t be allowed to lose our homes simply because some town wants to increase its tax base and take away someone’s home to do it.
Question 2 I have no opinion on.
There will be additional ballot measures depending on what county you live in. Fairfax County, for instance, will have a $25 million bond question on expending the library system across the county. I am against that. We can do that when the economy improves, there is no reason to go into debt for that.