The Missouri General Assembly and Governor Matt Blunt have set the standard on eminent domain legislation and should be commended. With input from the citizens they crafted a landmark legislation to stop eminent domain abuses and showed the people of Missouri that they respect their property and their rights.
The final bill sent to Blunt’s desk contains 16 of the 18 recommendations his Eminent Domain Task Force recommended. Blunt formed the task force by executive order in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London issued last year. The court ruled against homeowners in Connecticut who sought protection from having their homes taken by a private developer for a commercial project.
Blunt’s task force held several open meetings gathering public testimony from all interested parties on this issue.
The eminent domain bill:
- Rejects the findings of the U. S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London and prohibits the use of eminent domain solely for economic development purposes