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Federal Land Retention and the Constitution's Property Clause: The Original Understanding
University of Colorado Law Review (2005)
  • Robert G. Natelson, Independence Institute
Abstract
This article examines the original meaning of the Constitution's clauses authorizing federal land ownership. It finds that the power granted to Congress was broad enough to include land ownership for enumerated purposes, even without complying the procedures necessary for the creation of federal enclaves. But it finds that the power was not broad enough to include indefinite landholding for unenumerated purposes.
Keywords
  • constitution,
  • original intent,
  • original meaning,
  • original understanding,
  • property clause,
  • enclave clause,
  • federal lands
Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
Robert G. Natelson. "Federal Land Retention and the Constitution's Property Clause: The Original Understanding" University of Colorado Law Review Vol. 76 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_natelson/19/