Eminent Domain Amendment Target of Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The proposed constitutional amendment, if passed by voters, would prohibit the government from taking private land to give to another person or business.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Friday that the lawsuit will be heard July 25 in Hinds County Circuit Court.

Hosemann said the lawsuit was filed by Leland Speed, a Jackson businessman who is executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

"By state law, I am required, and I intend, to place the initiative on the ballot, unless otherwise ordered to do so by the Supreme Court,” Hosemann said.

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the initiative that gathered nearly 120,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

Opponents say the proposal could hurt economic development since eminent domain is often used to acquire property for projects.


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  • by Wood Location: Marion on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:43 AM
    eminent domain has its uses but it should not be used to take your land to build another walmart. that is the point of this. as for annexation, no way. meridian has roads that are dirt and no water and sewer service. they need to take of that before they annex anything else.
  • by Nicholas Location: Newton on Jun 4, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    It is one thing that the government would take private property from us for government use but it is certianly another for the government to take private property and sell it to a private business saying it will aid the community.......that is how it works now. I believe if a business wants to have a new location they can find a seller and establish the business the same as if we want to build a new house, we pay for the property and not have the local government get it for us at a reduced price. Vote for limiting Eminemt Domain to strictly government use and not allowing private business to buy it at a reduce price to line the pockets of big business at our expense.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    While I'm sure I wouldn't like it if it land that had been in my family for generations I do understand the need. Being forced to sell something that otherwise couldn't be bought for any amount has to hurt. I agree wuth Just Saying that Meridian should not be allowed to annex new land until all past annexed areas have FULL city services.
  • by Just Saying Location: Meridian on Jun 3, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    I wish we could get a vote on annexation to stop the City of Meridian from annexing. They are just taking in more people that they cannot provide for. To get Meridian to grow you need to bring in jobs not more houses.
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