McGeorge Law Review


As the ever increasing population of today's society places greater demands on state and local governments for additional highways and other services, so too, have the needs of governmental entities for land on which to provide such services increased. In the past, land acquired for governmental purposes was for the most part unoccupied and unused, but more recently, as it has become necessary for the government to acquire land in more populated areas, a greater number of persons and businesses are being displaced. Until recently, the right of such persons affected by governmental condemnation to relocation costs has remained largely undefined. In 1970, the federal government acted to ease this burden by adopting an expansive program of relocation assistance which is mandatory on states acquiring land for federally assisted projects. Following the federal mandate, the California Legislature has recently enacted several measures intended to provide similar relocation benefits. This comment summarizes and compares the provision of this new legislation with those of the Federal Act and directs attention to potential problems of interpretation and application.

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