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Missouri House votes against attempt to severly restrict eminent domain

April 12, 2006
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House voted against an attempt to severly restrict the use of eminent domain for economic development.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The House debate over eminent domain in Missouri went late into the night.

The result? An overwhelming vote which essentially continues developers' leverage to use eminent domain for economic development.

A key part of the debate came down to how often developers can take private property with eminent domain.

Representative Wayne Henke tried to limit eminent domain use.

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Contents: "That's what the people in Missouri think, that eminent domain, we're taking their ground. And I am trying to protect that from whatever. They don't want their ground taken."

The final bill the house passed included protections for churches and other religious facilities.

It also included complete protection for farmers from eminent domain.

The bill stems from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year which allows the use of eminent domain for economic development.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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The Missouri House effectively voted to continue to allow the use of eminent domain for economic development.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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Nearly seven hours of House debate led to an overwhelming vote to continue to give developers room to take private land for economic development with eminent domain.

Some representatives say the bill does not go far enough to try to stop eminent domain use for economic development.

But, Representatives like Fred Kratky say developers need eminent domain.

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Contents: "There are times when it's absolutely necessary in the stressed areas to, in urban parts of this state, that we absolutely need the power to take property and do something with it that the present owners aren't doing."

The final bill the House passed included complete protection from eminent domain for farms and churches.

The bill stems from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year which gave developers the power to take private property with eminent domain for economic development.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.