Excerpt By: Civitas Institute. Written By: Brian Balfour.
As the calendar turns to February and this year’s legislative session works through its second week, things have remained pretty quiet thus far. There are, however, three bills already introduced that Civitas will be keeping an eye on:
- HOUSE BILL 3 this bill would place on the ballot in fall of 2018 an amendment to the state constitution clarifying that the state’s eminent domain powers could only be used for a “public use” and that “just compensation shall be paid” to the landowner, as determined by a jury. This would be an important step in protecting property rights and protecting against the state government’s abuse of its eminent domain powers.