A final House vote is expected today on a proposed change to the state constitution barring land condemnation solely for private economic development.
The amendment received tentative approval late last night on a 112-to-4 vote.
It would prohibit government from taking land from any individual "except for a public use." If also approved by Senate, the amendment would be on the next statewide election, possibly this fall.
The bill had more than 90 co-sponsors.
Despite the large support, the bill's future was uncertain until this week. House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, had said an amendment wasn't needed because a 2006 law approved by the General Assembly closed loopholes highlighted in a 2005 U-S Supreme Court