MO MPs applaud the reform of the eminent field
Missouri lawmakers this week applauded the passage of private property rights legislation.
Members of the state Senate and the House of Representatives met on Thursday to officially announce the passage of the reform of the eminent domain of the state. House Bill Sponsor 2005 Mike Haffner …
“We embrace economic development; We embrace it as a state, especially when it comes to improving our electricity grid, ”said Haffner. “But we’re not going to do it on the backs of Missouri farmers, farmers and the agricultural industry.”
The bill limits the eminent use of the land by private companies to purchase land.
But Missouri Cattlemen’s executive vice president, Mike Deering, tells Brownfield that the “necessary” legislation is not perfect.
“It’s not retroactive, so it’s very unfortunate when you look at the Grain Belt Express project,” Deering said. “But going further, the reforms of this bill will dramatically raise the bar for high-voltage transmission lines to receive approval for the use of the eminent domain.”
Deering said a retroactive bill would not be passed by the Senate. He attributes the impetus behind the law to landowners in northern Missouri who lost their property through the eminent use of the land for the Grain Belt Express project.
Nicole Luckey, senior vice president of energy technology company Invenergy, which operates the Grain Belt Express project, says the bill is a “win-win for Missouri residents because the Grain Belt Express project will continue. She says the project will save Missouri residents at least $ 12 million in annual energy costs.
The law stipulates that land purchased using the eminent domain in the state must be purchased at 150 percent of the market value. Deering said he also assures that future Missouri energy projects will send at least an equal proportion of the energy produced in the state to the people of Missouri.
“For example, if 50 percent of the line is in Missouri – 50 percent or more of that power has to go to the people of Missouri,” he said. “Or that project will not be able to use the power of the eminent domain.”
The bill was approved after a version of it was before the Missouri legislature for eight years.
The bill was supported in the Senate by Jason Bean and is now going to Governor Mike Parson to be signed.
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