More than a year after eminent domain legislation was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO), eminent domain abuse is still a concern. And, a study by the Show-Me Institute finds the use of eminent domain for private profit has continued unabated in Missouri.
Tim Lee, co-author of the study, says HB 1944 , the legislation passed last year, failed to address the financial incentives that spur cities to redevelop ordinary neighborhoods, often by designating the neighborhoods as "blighted." He says these abuses occur, for the most part, in the state’s largest metropolitan areas.
The study concludes eminent domain abuse has had a negative impact on local communities, adding the abuses will only worsen until the Legislature passes a constitutional amendment strengthening property rights in Missouri.