Group Proposes Eminent Domain Amendments
A pair of constitutional amendments would prohibit governments from condemning private property for private development. The proposals also would prohibit using eminent domain to take "blighted" property, and would limit the power to governmental bodies for public purposes. A group, Missouri Citizens for Property Rights, said it is submitting the ballot proposals to the Secretary of State's Office. If the office approves the proposed amendments' wording, supporters will have to collect at least 145,000 signatures on petitions to put the questions on the fall ballot. Missouri lawmakers also are considering proposals to limit use of eminent domain.