Senate Approves Eminent Domain Restrictions

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Wednesday, April 26 2006 Apr 26, 2006 Wednesday, April 26, 2006 3:58:42 PM CDT April 26, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY  (AP) - A Senate panel has approved what its chairman calls "the toughest eminent domain bill" of the session. Republican Senator Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau predicts that developers "will go crazy" once they hear terms of the bill. And lobbyists and developers who were in the room for today's hearing groaned when Crowell explained provisions in the measure. One of the biggest changes is a tightening of when private property can be taken for redevelopment. The House version bars the taking of property by eminent domain "solely" for economic development. Crowell's committee changed the word "solely" to "predominantly." The impetus for the effort to restrict eminent domain power stems from a US Supreme Court decision last year permitting that private property can be taken for redevelopment.

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