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Representitive Wants Constitutional Amendment On Eminent Domain

October 4, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain released their preliminary report to the governor last week.

Now one Task Force member wants a constitutional amendment. Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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Republican State Representative Steve Hobbs from Mexico says he wants to take the information from the Task Force's meetings to introduce new legislation.

Hobbs says he wants to stop the state from giving private property to commercial developers for private use.

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"I'm also looking at a constitutional amendment to put on the ballot in '06. To let the people of Missouri decide if they believe eminent domain should be used purely for economic development."

The task force plans to make its final recommendation to the Governor in December.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.

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If one state representative has his way, Missourians will get to vote on a constitutional amendment to restrict the use of eminent domain.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain released their preliminary report last week.

One of the members, Republican state Representative Steve Hobbs from Mexico says he wants to make it illegal for the state government to take private land for use in private development. Hobbs says he believes a constitutional amendment is necessary.

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"We're going to try and take this opportunity with the task force to assimilate the information we need. And to bring that before the Missouri General Assembly and eventually before Missouri voters for constitutional change."

Hobbs says he want the amendment to be on the 2006 ballot.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.