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Missouri House committee OKs changes to eminent domain

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation to limit seizures of private property for development projects has won endorsement from the Missouri House Judiciary Committee.

But the panel revised the measure to reduce the burden on the public or private party taking land through the power of eminent domain.

The committee shortened the mandatory notification period to citizens whose property may be taken. The panel also reduced the factors that must be considered in deciding if an owner will be reimbursed.

The issue of eminent domain gained attention last year when the U-S Supreme Court ruled that property could be taken for private economic development projects.

House Judiciary Chairman Bryan Pratt said the committee's version will stop future abuses of eminent domain.

But Leslie Holloway, of The Missouri Farm Bureau, says the committee removed some important protections.

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