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Proposition 98 – The Best Yes

“Farm Bureau has always stood up for the rights of property owners and we’re very concerned about abuses of the government’s power to condemn land. It’s not right that court decisions allow the government to take your property and give it to someone else” – CFBF President Doug Mosebar

This June, voters have the opportunity to add meaningful property rights protections to the state Constitution. Proposition 98, the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act will appear on the statewide ballot, after supporters submitted 1.1 million signatures to quality the initiative.

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CFBF President Doug Mosebar speaks out in favor of Proposition 98, at a news conference in front of Redding City Hall.

As part of an ongoing effort to protect property rights, the California Farm Bureau Federation joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights to sponsor the measure.

Proposition 98 addresses concerns raised by a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision, known as the Kelo case, which gave governments the right to condemn private property and grant it to another private owner.

Proposition 98 would allow government to take private property only for a stated public use and would specifically prohibit private property to be taken for private use. It requires agencies condemning property to provide just compensation to owners, including reasonable relocation expenses and payment for temporary business losses. But it allows continued use of eminent domain for legitimate public projects such as roads, schools and water projects.

Farm Bureau and its partners in Californians for Property Rights Protection will work to assure that voters adopt these crucial private-property protections this June.

Read the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act

Initiative (PDF, 284 KB)
Questions and Answers (PDF, 93 KB)
Californians for Property Rights Protection
Learn The Truth About Prop 99

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Endorsement Form (PDF, 144 KB)
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News releases

Farm Bureau responds to governor's position on Proposition 98 (April 25, 2008)
New Independent Legal Analysis of Prop. 99 Exposes Fatal Flaws (April 17, 2008)
Prop. 98 - State Superior Court Rules in Favor of California Property Owners (March 7, 2008)
Study Shows Property Rights Reforms Don’t Limit Economic Development (January 18, 2008)
Real eminent domain reform measure qualifies for June ballot (Jan. 16, 2008)
Eminent domain reform ballot measure turns in signatures (Nov. 20, 2007)

News coverage

Column: Vote yes on 98 to protect private property (Bakersfield Californian, May 10, 2008)
Commentary: Yes on Prop 98: Opponents 'sneaky' (Bakersfield Californian, May 8, 2008)
Opinion: Eminent domain threat is real; vote yes on 98, no on 99 (Gilroy Dispatch, May 6, 2008)
My turn: Prop 98 protects private property rights (Sierra Sun, May 5, 2008)
Editorial: Proposition 98 truly protects property rights (Redding Record Searchlight, May 4, 2008)
Property owner calls for limits (Redding Record Searchlight, May 1, 2008)
Our view: Prop. 99 phony in its claims (Marysville Appeal-Democrat, April 25, 2008)
Editorial: Prop. 98 protects private property rights (Orange County Register, April 20, 2008)
California voters face dueling measures on home seizure by eminent domain (Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2008)
Activists at odds over fundraising (Contra Costa Times, April 7, 2008)
An Incestuous Circle (Eureka Times-Standard, March 28, 2008)

Ag Alert coverage

Commentary: Protecting your private property rights (April 23, 2008)
Property-rights measure qualifies for June ballot (January 30, 2008)
Commentary: Eminent domain initiative--1 million signatures is just the beginning (November 28, 2007)
Property rights initiative reaches signature goal (November 28, 2007)
Signatures roll in for eminent domain initiative (August 15, 2007)
Commentary: Farm Bureau and allies lead fight for property protection (July 25, 2007)
CFBF-sponsored initiative seeks to protect farmland (July 11, 2007)
Supreme Court decision erodes property rights (July 6, 2005)
Commentary: Supreme Court expands government’s power to seize private property (July 6, 2005)

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