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Bad tea party politics? Bondi, Scott, Putnam want to make it easier for govt to take property



From the Sun-Sentinel:

Thousands of South Florida homeowners struck out again in their fight to collect more than $27 million in compensation for the destruction of their fruit trees in the state's fight against citrus canker. The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled this week they have to ask the state Legislature to appropriate the money to pay them, despite their victories in separate class-action lawsuits against the Florida Department of Agriculture in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The court reversed an order by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg that the state pay $19.2 million to about 40,000 homeowners. The court also declined to order the state to pay $8 million to 70,000 Broward homeowners, saying the homeowners must first attempt to collect payment by means of a bill through the state Legislature, the standard practice in claims awarded against the state.

So even though the constitution guarantees full and just compensation for a taking of property, Florida's Republican attorney general, governor, and agriculture commissioner are arguing in court that Floridians whose property is taken by the state can only get that compensation if they hire lobbyists and lawyers who can get a claims bill through the legislature.

This is conservative?

[Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 10:55pm]


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