Monday, April 7, 2014

Maryland Votes to Use Eminent Domain to Keep "House of Cards" in State

Volokh Conspiracy is on the case:

Responding to a threat that the “House of Cards” television series may leave Maryland if it doesn’t get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company’s property if it stops filming in the state.

[...]  If the measure passes the state senate, it may well be permissible under the state and federal constitutions as currently interpreted by their respective supreme courts.

[...] But even if the courts would uphold this taking, it is extremely foolish policy. State governments rarely condemn mobile property, for the very good reason that if they try to do so, the owners can simply take it out of the jurisdiction – a lesson Maryland should have learned when it tried to condemn the Baltimore Colts to keep them from leaving back in 1984. Moreover, other businesses are likely to avoid bringing similar property into the state in the first place.

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