Property rights groups got a big boost at the polls as voters in 10 states approved ballot measures that limit the use of eminent domain, making it harder — in some cases impossible — for government to take private property and give it to private developers.

Eight of those states passed constitutional amendments. They are: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina. Two states, Arizona and Oregon, passed statutory reforms limiting eminent domain uses. Similar ballot measures failed in California and Idaho.

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