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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Eminent domain: We won one!

Barbara Anderson's CLT Commentary

We won one!

The Senate never took up the override of Governor Romney's veto of a provision that would give communities the ability to allow developers to create mini-authorities in our cities and towns for the purpose of bonding for their infrastructure. This would have included eminent domain powers.

The House overrode the veto 109-46, but Senate opponents led by Sen. Pat Jehlen had enough votes, between her liberals and our allies, to sustain the veto. Eminent domain is one of those interesting issues that bring the right and left together, and in this case the alliance worked.

We suggested that if this is the great idea some people think it is, they have a public hearing on it instead of attaching it to another bill as a floor amendment and trying to sneak it through during the last days of a legislative session.

Barbara Anderson

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