Friday, February 10, 2006

State lawmakers say imminent domain is hot topic
Leaders of both parties said their constituents are upset about a U.S. Supreme Court decision last June that allows governments to forcibly buy property from its owner for development by another private owner.

"There have been 17 bills on this filed in the Senate and it's just Thursday," Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said during The Associated Press-Tennessee Press Association legislative planning session Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said he expected legislation to pass outlawing governmental taking of property for private development.

"Eminent domain is something that's on everybody's mind," Ramsey said. "It's mostly what I hear about back in my district."
So at least someone's trying to get it right.