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Senate debates eminent domain

May 2, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

With the legislative session ending soon, eminent domain is a top priority in Missouri's General Assembly.

Reporter Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state capitol.

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Eminent domain dominated senate discussion.

According to latest amendments to the bill, farmland could not be deemed "blighted".

Governor Blunt stopped by the senate and in an interview, gave his approval to the legislation and those who have worked on it.

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"At the end of the day, we're going to have a good legislation that better protects homeowners, and farmers and property owners all across our state from eminent domain abuse. Farmland for example can never be seized under the provisions of this bill. And really, clearly saying you can never take someone's home or business just in order to increase the tax revenue for government."

The outline of the bill was put togeher in a private meeting this weekend which included members of various interest groups.

From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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Missouri's Senate adopted a revised plan to better protect land owners from threat of eminent domain.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has the story from the state capitol.

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Missouri's Senate is busy crafting a bill supporters say will better protect homeowners from eminent domain abuse.

According to latest amendments, if a resident's family has lived on a certain plot of land for more than 50 years, then they can claim that property has "heritage value".

Western Missouri Senator Chris Koster explained the heritage value provision.

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"It started out as a recognition of the century farms that exist in families and the unique importance they have in family heritage."

The outline of the bill was constructed in a private weekend meeting which included members of various special interest groups.

From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.