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H 0003 - Eminent Domain

Tracking Level: High
Sponsor: Charles McGrady (R)
Last Action: 2/20/2017 - Senate - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate
House Committee: Judy I
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 3 would put a constitutional amendment before voters to restrict the use of eminent domain powers, preventing state and local government from taking land for use by private developers. That bill contained identical language to legislation from prior sessions, but also included conforming statutory changes that would go into effect only upon voter approval of the amendment. It would also allow property owners to request jury trials in disputes to determine "just compensation" for their property. Sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that included Reps. Chuck McGradyDavid Lewis, Chris Malone, and Ken Goodman, this bill mirrored a bill that cleared the House early in the 2013 legislative session with only eight dissenting votes, and again early in the 2015 legislative session with only five dissenting votes. The Senate, however, did not take up the bill in these past sessions. The League staff worked with legislators at the time to limit the negative effects on municipalities. (version 1)

Short Note: Constitutional Amendment

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