Senate approves eminent domain reform
- May 6, 2022 4:04 pm GMT
A years-long effort to halt development of a massive electrical transmission line across
To do so,
That right, known as eminent domain, has spurred backlash to the project and inspired legislation during the last several sessions of the
"I urge you just to put the landowners above the private profits of this company,"
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the
The bill, he said, "keeps
Previous bills targeting Grain Belt most notably would have given county commissions, in essence, veto power over projects approved by the
The bill would, however, require that companies using eminent domain to construct electrical transmission lines compensate landowners 150% of the fair market value for easements on their land. It would require that developers start construction within seven years of getting easements; otherwise their rights to the property would expire. And it would require that court-appointed commissions tasked with determining the fair market value of a farmer's land during eminent domain proceedings include a farmer who has lived in the area for at least a decade.
Finally, where previous versions of Grain Belt legislation have required that at least 50% of the power carried by a transmission line be dropped off for use by
"This isn't a product that addresses each and every concern for all parties involved," Bean said, "but is a good faith step in the right direction to ensure
The bill won an endorsement from
She said Grain Belt has "demonstrated our commitment to protecting landowners and property values through industry-leading standards."
Because senators amended the bill, it must return to the House where representatives will either approve it or request a conference committee with senators to work out differences.
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