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January 12, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY: Property owners to join McKenna, legislators in urging hands off private property

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Rob McKenna wants state lawmakers to make it harder for government to seize private property under the guise of economic development or reducing blight, only to sell the confiscated real estate to private developers.

Landowners, policy leaders and legislators will join McKenna at a press conference Thursday in Olympia to spotlight why changes to Washington’s eminent domain laws are critical to protect the public from unfairly losing their homes and businesses.


Eminent Domain Abuse Press Conference


10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010


Senate Rules Room
Legislative (Capitol) Building
2nd floor inside Lt. Governor’s Office


Attorney General Rob McKenna
Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam 
Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma (invited) 
Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Tacoma 
Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend
John Fuji, owner of the “sinking ship” parking garage in Seattle’s Pioneer Square
Pat Murakami, fought a blight designation in southeast Seattle
Steve Appel, President , Washington State Farm Bureau  
Jeanette Peterson, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice- Washington Chapter
Paul Guppy, Vice President, Washington Policy Center

CALL-IN:  A conference line is available. Please contact Janelle Guthrie for dial-in information.


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Media Contact: Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725



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