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Eminent domain ban will be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirms that an eminent domain initiative will appear on the November 2011 ballot.

Hosemann says his office verified that supporters of the measure gathered signatures from 119,692 registered voters. That’s well above the minimum 89,285 needed to put an issue up for a statewide vote.

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation delivered its petitions to Hosemann’s office Sept. 30, and Hosemann said Friday his staff has counted the signatures.

The federation’s initiative proposes banning government in Mississippi from taking private land for economic development ventures.

Supporters say the plan would protect property rights, but opponents say it could squelch Mississippi’s chances of winning big projects.

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