Mississippi Voters Approve Eminent Domain Restrictions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi voters Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment aimed at limiting governments' ability to seize property and hand it over to private developers.

The ballot initiative on the power of eminent domain pitted
landowner rights against economic development.

Mississippi's economic development chief, Leland Speed, and many local officials opposed the amendment, which was pushed by the politically powerful Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

The amendment seeks to prevent the taking of private land for private development. It keeps in place the state's authority to seize private land for public-use projects, such as streets or bridges.

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  • by Just sayin Location: Lauderdale County on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Now, if we could get the state to have an amendment so that City's cannot Annex people living outside the City Limits just anytime they wish, just to increase their tax base to be able to borrow more money, things will be good.
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