SOS Logs Eminent Domain Comments

“Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons?”

So asks the Mississippi Secretary of State’s official website. Referring to Initiative #31, a so-called “eminent domain reform” proposal that backers want on the November ballot, the SOS has a list of comments Mississippi voters have made about the subject. Here is a sample. Let us know what you think.

Initiative #31 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to prohibit state and local government from taking private property by eminent domain and then conveying it to other persons or private businesses for a period of 10 years after acquisition. Exceptions from the prohibition include drainage and levee facilities, roads, bridges, ports, airports, common carriers, and utilities. The prohibition would not apply in certain situations, including public nuisance, structures unfit for human habitation, or abandoned property.

“If this happens, the government should be held liable to the party that the property was taken from.”

Bruce Young, Meridian

“I don’t believe that the government should be able to take a citizen’s private property and give it to another private person or a private business. I can see public officials taking property and awarding it to campaign contributors and the like. There is all manner of corruption that can result from this initiative.”

Louis Fuchs, Diamondhead

“Eminent Domain is such a foul piece of legislation. The government needs to keep their hands off my property.”

Eric Stenger, Long Beach

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and vote against Initiative 31.

Carol Hardwick, Jackson

There is a HUGE difference between a Toyota plant that will employ hundreds and the Bay St Louis marina/harbor that will employ two or three. The only problem with this action is that it doesn’t go far enough to seal the rights of private ownership because of the 10 year clause. Other states, 43 at last count, have (passed) similar legislation. The Supreme Court got it wrong, the states need to make it right.

Rachael Ramsey, Bay St Louis

Source: www.sos.ms.gov

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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