The Tennessee Senate just unanamously passed an eminent domain bill. The measure is almost as effective in protecting the rights of property owners as a masturbating sterile man is effective in producing children. Here’s the AP take on the bill:
One main provision of Tennessee’s legislation would require local governments to certify the “public purpose and necessity” of seizing land.
The bill also permits land acquired by eminent domain to “be sold, leased, or otherwise transferred to another public or quasi-public entity, or to a private person, corporation, or other entity, so long as the transferring entity receives at least fair market value for the land.”
Amendments that were killed Monday include a measure that would exempt from eminent domain structures considered “cultural, historic, religious, educational or of economic significance to disadvantaged citizens.”
Another killed amendment would have required a public hearing before a person’s property could be condemned.
Perhaps it’s time for some civil disobedience in Tennessee; it’s worked before.