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Committee clears legislation to reform use of eminent domain

Committee clears legislation to reform use of eminent domain

Contact: State Rep. Pat Ownbey
Capitol: (405) 557-7326

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 23, 2010) – A House committee today passed legislation that would restrict the inappropriate use of eminent domain while protecting all legitimate uses.

House Bill 3053, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, would force agencies to declare unused land surplus and offer to resell it to the original owner after 10 years. The legislation also strengthens notification requirements when using eminent domain to seize property.

“My legislation ensures the proper use of eminent domain so that property owners are not taken advantage of,” Ownbey, R-Ardmore, said. “Too often, after property is acquired by eminent domain, it is not used for the purpose originally cited to justify seizing the property. Sometimes, development that was planned falls through. This bill makes it possible for an individual to get their property back if it is not being used.”

Ownbey said a 1959 Oklahoma Department of Transportation use of eminent domain is an example of what his legislation would address... FULL ARTICLE


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