Oregon Judge Strikes Down Property Protection

“[An Oregon] judge on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a voter-passed property rights law that had required state and local governments to pay owners whose land was affected by land-use regulations, relaxing some of America's strictest zoning laws. . . . [A] property owners' revolt led an overwhelming margin of voters last November to pass Measure 37–a state law requiring that state and local governments either compensate land owners when regulations lower property values or waive the rules.” (San Diego Union-Tribune, Monday)

The verb “own” is increasingly being emptied of meaning.

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