Members of the Missouri House move to make it tougher for local governments to condemn farms to make way for development. Representative Jim Kreider of Nixa sponsors the proposal that would force any condemnation hearings targeting farms with eminent domain to be public hearings. It also would prohibit “unreasonable” charges for improvements crossing farmland, such as public water and sewer systems. Kreider tells colleagues about a farmer in Kansas City assessed $220,000 for a water/sewer system that crossed his land. The proposal is contained in a larger bill advancing in the House.