This chapter introduces the context through which the property rights movement in the United States has burgeoned. Property has today become a political agenda that certain businesses and landowners have grown cross over the environmental laws and local zoning laws that limit their plans to develop their land. Several laws and bills were passed in the attempt to bypass these limitations if those same limitations were expected to reduce the market value of the property by 10 percent or more. These legislations include the Republican Party's 1994 “Contract with America” as well as the Private Property Protection Act of 1995, which was aimed at protecting some owners from property devaluations that were a direct result of federal regulations. These, as well as other legislations are considered and reviewed in this chapter. The aim is to provide comprehensive view of the political landscape that surrounds property rights and property entitlement.
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