Thursday, August 18, 2005

Oregon Court ruling on regulation vs. takings

This seems in direct contradiction to the land-owner compensation measure passed last year.

      Environmental groups and governments won a key victory Thursday when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled a timber company should not be compensated for state restrictions that limited logging to protect a bald eagle nest.

      The high court said regulation of private property for public purposes is not the same as taking the property, which would warrant compensation.

My highlight.
This is a HUGE win for environmentalists.  The judges then went on to say that the ruling would not impact the application and meaning of the passed measure 37, but I really think that’s just delusional.

Is it just me, or wasn’t the whole battle over property rights and takings last year about regulations and how they are a form of taking.

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