Judge OKs description of eminent domain initiative on California ballot | SierraSun.com

Judge OKs description of eminent domain initiative on California ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ruled that the description of a June ballot initiative about eminent domain should remain the same.

Judge Timothy Frawley issued his final decision on Friday. Opponents had complained that Proposition 98’s official ballot title failed to mention its separate provision affecting rent control.

Proposition 98 would limit governments’ ability to seize homes and businesses from unwilling sellers. But it also would eliminate rent control at mobile home parks and apartments.

The judge said the supporters of Proposition 98 sufficiently highlighted the rent-control provision in the initiative’s summary and did not need to do so again in the title.

Propositions 98 is one of two eminent domain initiatives on the June 3 primary ballot.

The other, Proposition 99, is supported by conservation groups and the League of California Cities. It is more narrow and would make it tougher for government agencies to seize a person’s home.

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