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NC House panel OKs amendment on landowner rights

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina House has resumed its effort to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot that makes clear governments can't condemn someone's private property solely for private economic development.

A House committee voted Wednesday in favor the legislation, which would let voters decide in November 2014 whether to add stronger landowner protections against eminent domain to the state constitution. The bill has cleared the House three times since 2006. But the Senate hasn't followed suit.

The amendment also would guarantee the right of someone whose land is condemned to receive a jury trial to determine just compensation if the person asks for it.

No committee member voted against the bill - a reflection of supporters editing the measure for years to satisfy critics.

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