Group Proposes Constitutional Amendments on Eminent Domain

JANUARY 30, 2006 - Posted at 4:11 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A property rights group hopes to put the issue of emiment domain on the November ballot in Missouri.

A pair of constitutional amendments would prohibit private property from being condemned for other private developments.

The proposals also would prohibit the use of eminent domain to take "blighted" property and would limit the power only to governmental bodies for public purposes.

A group calling itself Missouri Citizens for Property Rights says it is submitting the ballot proposals to the secretary of state's office.  If approved for petition gathering, supporters would need to collect about 145,000 signatures.

Legislators also are considering proposals to rein in the use of eminent domain.

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