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Farm Bureau Unhappy with House Eminent Domain Legislation

April 17, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Farm Bureau says the Missouri House of Representatives bowed to economic developers last week when they passed legislation regarding eminent domain. Kathryn Buschman has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Farm Bureau says the legislation passed by the House last week aimed at limiting the use of eminent domain in the state did not take into account the call of private property owners to stop the government and private entities from taking their land. Leslie Holloway, director of state and local governmental affairs of the Farm Bureau says they wanted more restrictive bill passed.

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Contents: "We actually had several amendments that we had hoped would be considered during floor debate several of those amendments were not offered during debate and so we are looking to the Senate to address some of those issues."

Earlier land owner notification and more opportunities for owners to participate in the eminent domain process are two of the amendments the bureau was hoping would make it on to the bill. From the state Capitol I'm Kathryn Buschman

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The Missouri Farm Bureau says economic developers over-shadowered landowners rights when the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at limiting eminent domain in the state. Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The bureau says the bill passed by the House of Representatives is watered down from the original version and does not do enough to protect home owners. Linda Holloway, director of state and local governmental affairs says business groups needs overshadowed those of home owners.

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Contents: "A number of utility interests and developer interests that are well represented in the capitol and they have been very aggressive about making suggestions not only with regard to the concepts in the bill but in regard to specific language in the bill to make sure it is as favorable as possible to their position."

Holloway says the bureau will now focus on the Senate in hopes of a more restrictive eminent domain reform. From Jefferson City, I'm Kathryn Buschman

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The Missouri Farm Bureau is unhappy with eminent domain legislation passed by the House of Representatives. Kathryn Buschman has more the state Capitol.

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The House overwhelmingly passed a bill overhauling Missouri's eminent domain regulations last week but the farm bureau and many lawmakers says the bill does not do enough to stop abuse. Linda Holloway director of state and local governmental affairs says the bureau is disappointed with the passed legislation. Actuality:
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Contents: "I think that what's happened is that the other interest that are involved in this bill the ones that are not interested in seeing restrictions on the use of eminent domain have been very prevalent and made their views known at every opportunity."

Holloway says that the bureau will now focus on key senators in hopes to getting the Senate to pass a more restrictive bill on eminent domain. From the state Capitol, I'm Kathryn Buschman.