Monday, June 27, 2005

Good News in Oklahoma

We need more action like this:
State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, said Monday that he will offer a bill to protect private property owners from having their property taken for private economic development.

In a press release issued Monday, Jolley said a Supreme Court ruling in a Connecticut case allowing a city to use eminent domain to seize property for private development is frightening.

Jolley said he is still working on specifics in the bill, but said it will give greater protection to private property owners.

Eight other states already have laws prohibiting the use of eminent domain for economic development unless the land being seized is blighted.