WASHINGTON A heated battle over the legal definition of "takings." which threatens to sidetrack a slew of environmental bills. will get even hotter in 1995 if conservatives win more seats in Congress this fall, government officials said yesterday.

Central to the debate is the question of when government regulation becomes so onerous that it constitutes a taking of private property that requires compensation under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.