Lawmakers Want Voters To Have Say Over Eminent Domain

State laws that bar land condemnation solely for economic development don't go far enough for some lawmakers.

A group of them want voters to decide whether to emboss the policy in the state constitution.

After failing to get a proposed constitutional amendment on last year's ballot, House members have renewed their effort.

A bill co-sponsored by 96 of the chamber's 120 members would ask voters in November to amend the constitution so ``private property shall not be taken except for a public use.''

Supporters say the amendment is needed to make sure loopholes -- which were approved last year -- don't show up in future laws.


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