Monday, July 04, 2005

On Wisconsin

Signs of progress:
Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager says she she will hold four public hearings about the state’s power of eminent domain.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed the state of Connecticut to seize several homes to build an office complex, Lautenschlager said that she would like to explain Wisconsin’s position on the matter.

“Since the ruling, I have talked to many Wisconsinites who have serious concerns about the implication for homeowners,” she said.

“Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”

The Supreme Court decision gave the states great discretion in placing further restrictions on the taking of private property.

No times or dates for the hearings have yet been announced, but Lautenschlager said they will be held in Janesville, Eau Claire, Wausau and Milwaukee.