Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Greg Gibson, Coordinator
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Farm Bureau applauds eminent domain bill progress
JACKSON – A bill designed to protect the rights of landowners from
eminent domain proceedings has moved out of committee and will be voted
on by the full senate. Senate Bill 2230 prevents land from being taken
from landowners for economic development purposes.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation has long supported the rights
of private property owners and has endorsed this bill as a means of ensuring
Farm Bureau President David Waide said, “Protecting private property
rights is a priority of Farm Bureau and you can be assured that we will
make every effort possible to strengthen our eminent domain law in order
to protect private landowners.”
According to Farm Bureau, the property rights of every Mississippian
are subject to abuse under our current eminent domain law due to the 2005
U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kelo vs the City of New London.
The Supreme Court ruled in that decision that the city of New London,
CT, could take, through eminent domain proceedings, the private property
of an individual for the sole purpose of economic development –
in this case, building a shopping mall. The worst part is that after displacing
78 families, four years and 78 million taxpayer dollars later, the property
Traditionally, eminent domain has been used to secure land for highways,
utilities, and other public uses, and Farm Bureau supports this as a true
“The Kelo ruling means that all private land can be taken and given
to another private party just because that private party wants to be able
to make more money and the government wants to generate more tax revenue,”
said Waide. “We don’t think that’s fair, and we don’t
think that’s what was intended by our founding fathers.”
Since the Court’s decision in 2005, forty-two states, including
Connecticut, have passed laws designed to negate the Kelo decision. Mississippi
is one of only eight states that have failed to pass a single bill improving
landowners’ rights to own property.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 200,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.