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Minner Veto of Eminent Domain Bill Upheld 30 June, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.

Miracles can happen even if they are small ones. SB 245 (described in a previous post) is a bill which gave protection against the government using its powers of eminent domain to take property for public use against some individuals to benefit other private individuals without there being a legitimate public use like a road or school.

The Senate voted on the veto override (which required 13 votes, 3/5) 11 in favor and 9 opposed. The vote failed. The bipartisan bill looks dead in its current form for this year. The majority of Democrats flipped on this important issue. They would rather stand with a lame duck governor (Ruth Ann Minner) than the public. Unfortunately so did a couple of Republicans who would have been the difference. I am not pleased with the result, but I do celebrate progress. Most people didn’t think we would even get a vote.

I support bill in Kent County ensuring that our rights are protected regardless of the status of future legislation.


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