In "Takings" Case, Supreme Court Defangs Gov't Ag Program
June 30, 2015
The Supreme Court has struck down what the Los Angeles Times calls one of the last New Deal-era farm programs, ruling that the government’s seizure of part of a California growers raisin crop violated the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment. The program, which is administered by the Raisin Administrative Committee under the Department of Agriculture, is used to control raisin supply and prop up prices for growers. They have generally favored it, but the decision will have little practical effect, as the Board hasn’t invoked its powers for a number of years. However, property rights advocates, including an attorney with the Washington Legal Foundation, see it as a potentially important precedent.
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