HOUSE BILL 3

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 2 AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT 3 CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC USE, TO 4 PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF JUST COMPENSATION WITH RIGHT OF TRIAL 5 BY JURY IN ALL CONDEMNATION CASES, AND TO MAKE SIMILAR 6 STATUTORY CHANGES. 7 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 8 SECTION 1.

Article I of the North Carolina Constitution is amended by adding a 9 new section to read: 10 “Sec. 19.1. Eminent domain. 11 Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use. Just 12 compensation shall be paid and shall be determined by a jury at the request of any party.” 13 SECTION 2. The amendment set out in Section 1 of this act shall be submitted to 14 the qualified voters of the State at a statewide election to be conducted on May 3, 2016, which 15 election shall be conducted under the laws then governing elections in the State. Ballots, voting 16 systems, or both may be used in accordance with Chapter 163 of the General Statutes. The 17 question to be used in the voting systems and ballots shall be:

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