HR 50 amendment aims to protect property owners’ interests

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) explained to House colleagues on Tuesday how his proposed Private Property Impact Test amendment would protect property owners among his constituency and across the nation.

Reed introduced the amendment last week. It would be attached to the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act bill (HR 50). The proposed amendment to the rule-making process adds a requirement that an analysis be done of how any proposed rule would impact private property owners. It cleared the House in a unanimous vote earlier this month and is just one of several projects Reed is working on that aims to protect private-property owners.

“My amendment is the next step to defend private property,” Reed said. “While my bill, the Defense of Property Rights Act (DOPRA) is in the House Judiciary Committee, I am always looking for additional avenues to ensure American property rights are protected. This amendment does just that.

“My amendment ensures government identifies the impact its action will have on private property,” Reed said. “I think of it like this: We have environmental-impact tests to assess the community cost associated with government action; why don’t we also have a private-property impact test to assess the cost borne by individuals due to that same governmental action? It is only common sense and fair to property owners for this to occur.

“By seizing this opportunity to include my amendment in the regulatory reform bill, I am continuing the fight to protect our constitutional rights,” he said.