[Homestead] Eminent domain, Missouri's new law
genegerue at ruralize.com
Wed Sep 20 14:28:41 EDT 2006
After four years of heated debate, the Kelo decision spurred Missouri
lawmakers to get the deal done. House Bill No. 1944 ends the debate.
Some provisions are:
1. Eminent domain cannot be used solely for the purpose of economic
2. Condemning entities must pay 25 percent above market value for
homes taken by eminent domain. Farms held by the same family for 50
years or more are valued at 150 percent.
3. Farmland cannot be declared "blighted" in order to justify the use
of eminent domain.
4. A landowner's Bill of Rights is established and an office of
ombudsman is created.
Debate got a bit heated at times, with utility companies complaining
loudly. Chris Koster, a state senator, brought the warring factions
into his office for an airing and compromising session. "My
definition of a perfect bill is one where you make everybody a little
bit mad. I think we can safely say we did that," says Hobbs.
"Everybody gave a little bit on this bill."
Source: Rural Missouri, August 2006 (sent to all Missouri electric
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