From Missouri Digital News: https://mdn.org
MDN Menu

MDN Home

Journalist's Creed

Print

MDN Help

MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News
MDN Menu

MDN Home

Journalist's Creed

Print

MDN Help

MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News
Lobbyist Money Help  

Eminent domain protestors rally at the state Capitol

January 25, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Hundreds of eminent domain protesters put their foot down at the Capitol to keep developers off their property.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

The protesters traveled from across the state to urge lawmakers to ban the use of eminent domain for economic development.

Protesters say they're worried they'll lose their land to make way for places like Wal-Mart or a mall.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Charles Kruse led the rally.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "Someone that's worked all their life to build a small business and now that's being taken from them. It's just wrong. People know that's wrong."

Governor Matt Blunt showed up and said his eminent domain task force will regulate the issue in Missouri.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "The task force said eminent domain should not be allowed for farmland. For commercial development. I support that provision."

Eminent domain became a hot issue last June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled eminent domain can be used for economic development, but states can put their own regulations on it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

######

Protesters staged a rally at the state Capitol against the use of eminent domain for economic development.

It got the attention of Governor Matt Blunt.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Shouts and chants from hundreds of protesters called for regulation of eminent domain in Missouri.

The protestors are worried big box stores like Wal-Mart will run over their property.

Governor Matt Blunt showed up at the protest.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "We should not use eminent domain ever just to increase the tax revenue of the government. That alone should not be a reason to seize someone's farm or home or perhaps a church or even a small business."

Republican Senator John Griesheimer says there are some cases where using eminent domain for economic development is necessary.

The issue fired up last June when the U.S. Supreme court ruled eminent domain can be used for economic development, but states can make their own regulations on it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

####

Hundreds of protesters traveled to Jefferson City to rally against the use of eminent domain for economic development.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

The protesters say they're worried economic development like big box stores will run over their property.

Governor Matt Blunt showed up at the rally.

Blunt says eminent domain shouldn't be used to beef up the government's bottom line.

Still, Republican Senator John Griesheimer says there are times when eminent domain should be used for economic development.

Actuality:
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "There are some cases where a project won't go through without taking property. The property owner tries to be too greedy."

Eminent domain became a hot issue last June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled eminent domain can be used for economic development, but states can impose their own rules.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

####