We did it!!!! Thank you, Virginia Farm Bureau producer members! Without your grassroots support, the property rights constitutional amendment wouldn’t have been a reality!
Virginians overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday night that will restrict the state’s ability to take private property for commercial purposes.
The amendment – backed by almost 80 percent of voters — requires that private property be taken by the government only for a true “public use” and not given to another private landowner, such as a developer, even in the case of job creation. Exceptions would include utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance.
The amendment ensures that property owners who have their land taken are properly compensated, including lost profits to businesses.