Small Businesses Worry About Eminent Domain
Gov. Blunt and Congressman Kenny Hulsof spoke at the rally, while organizers distributed stickers telling lawmakers eminent domain is important.
That's the legal process government uses to take private land for public use, although not everyone agrees with it.
"It would wipe me out, complained business owner Mike King. "There would be no other place I could go."
The debate worries many small business owners because of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which upheld a state's right to take land for economic development.
Blunt responded by creating an Eminent Domain Task Force, which has given the General Assembly at least 20 recommendations.
"To willy nilly go out here and randomly take property? No. To curb a lot of the problems we have been seeing out there? I have no problem doing that," said Sen. John Greishemer of Washington.
Several lawmakers are sponsoring bills this session dealing with eminent domain.