The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing took place September 20, 2005 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building SD 216, at 10 a.m.
The Institute for Justice invited those attending the hearing to a breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Washington Court Hotel, Ballroom 2. There were approxiamtely 50 people attending from several states, some as far away as Washington State. The other Libertarian representative that attended was Walt Augustinowicz, Vice Chair of Florida, he even brought his youngest son. As usually I met quite a few new people and made new friends, such as Elizabeth Moser and Steven Anderson of the Institute for Justice, Kristina Rasmussen, Government Affairs Manager for National Taxpayers Union. I actually met with Suzette Kelo, as well. We all received Hands Off Our Homes t-shirts. Even those of us who wore suits put on the shirts and we marched to the Dirksen Senate Building.
The senate committee consisted of Senators: Jon Kyl (AZ), Orinn G. Hatch (UT), Patrick J. Leahy (VT), Arlen Specter (PA), John Cornyn (TX), Sam Brownback (KS), and Jeff Sessions (AL). Those that gave testimony included, Ms. Suzette Kelo of New London, CT, Pastor Fred Jenkins of North Hampstead, NY, the Honorable Eddie A. Perez Mayor of Hartford, CT, Hilary O. Shelton Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, Thomas Merrill Professor of Law Columbia University in New York City, Steven J. Eagle Professor of Law George Mason University in Arlington, VA. All testimonies were for the protection of private property, except for Mayor Perez. He is very much in favor of using Eminent Domain with Developers.
After the hearing, we walked to "the Senate Swamp" for a press conference. . Congresswoman Maxine Waters 35th CA was present and addressed the crowd and media. Afterwards, I had a private conversation with her. Linda Poor from Arnold was also there. We told her about a few of the Eminent Domain Abuse cases taking place in the St. Louis Metro Area. She is originally from Kenlock. She has agreed to come to St. Louis and help us fight our battles. Watch out Missouri Developers using eminent domain for personal gain, the Mom on a Mission is gathering forces.
Here are some pictures from the event.
Yours in Liberty,
Mom on a Mission
Missouri Libertarian Party State Chair