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H.R. 738 (116th): Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2019

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Should the government be able to take your property if it would produce a net economic benefit?


In the 2005 case Kelo v. New London, the Supreme Court ruled that the government can take people’s private property if the government claims it would further economic development.

Suzette Kelo’s Connecticut house was claimed by the town of New London, in the hopes that several surrounding properties could be demolished for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to build a facility on the land. The practice is known as “eminent domain.” Kelo sued, but lost in the Court’s 5–4 decision.

Shortly after the decision, the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval, which passed 365 to 33. The resolution did not actually overturn the decision on a policy ...

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James Sensenbrenner Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 17 pages
Jan 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 23, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


4 Cosponsors (3 Republicans, 1 Democrat)



Jan 23, 2019

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H.R. 738 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 738. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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