Legislation that will prohibit the state or local governments from taking private property through eminent domain is on its way to Governor Tate Reeves. Mike McCormick, President of the Mississippi Farm Bureau, talked to SuperTalk Mississippi about it this morning, saying he expects the Governor to sign.
Eminent domain prohibitions were originally passed through Ballot Initiative 31 in 2011, and placed into the state constitution. When the state Supreme Court struck down the initiative process last year it raised concerns about its fate.
“This was a constitutional amendment that was in jeopardy that we felt like…maybe so…maybe not…but the easiest thing to do was a built-in suspender approach to put it back into state code like it’s written in the constitution. So everyone in Mississippi can enjoy their private property and know that it’s safe.”