Capitol Hill Briefing

How to Protect Property Rights, the Environment, and the Constitution

January 17, 2003 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies.

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The Founders saw private property as the foundation of every other right. Yet the modern regulatory state, often in the name of environmentalism, has reduced property rights to second‐​class status in the Bill of Rights. Today, owners have a hard time even getting into court. And once they do get in, they find the law stacked against them. It’s time for Congress to step into the breach, with legislation that protects both owners and the environment and does so by constitutional means. Join us for a discussion of how Congress can do this.