In a huge win for property rights, Merchant Lines are now forbidden to condemn property through Eminent Domain in Iowa.
Iowa Senate File 516 was signed into law by Governor Branstad on May 12, 2017. We’re inspired by this legislative win and hope that Missouri will get its act together and enact stronger property rights protections like this one going into effect next door. We applaud everyone who had a hand in pulling off this victory!
To learn more about the implications of this law and the group that’s been fighting to protect rights in rural Iowa, check out The Preservation of Rural Iowa webpage here.
In an exciting win for local control, the Missouri Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of the Missouri Public Service Commission and ATXI, letting stand the Western District Court’s Decision.
What does this mean?
The appeal to the Western District was over the PSC’s decision to issue a conditional Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to ATXI for the Mark Twain Transmission Project. Neighbors United maintained that, according to Missouri law, County Commissioner assent is required before issuance of the CCN. The Western District agreed that the PSC acted in error and that a precondition of something can not be made a condition of it. The approval of local County Commissioners, therefore, must be obtained prior to the approval of a project and issuance of a CCN, and not after.
This is a HUGE win for local control.
Of course, this was always the way that the law was intended to work. Local governing authorities should have a say in what happens in their communities and have the responsibility to act in the best interests and according to the wishes of those they are elected to represent. Projects going through the state now know that they must work with local authorities to plan routes through counties instead of bullying their way through. Common sense dictates that working closely with individuals in the communities affected by these projects is a good idea – and we’re happy to see the law upheld in the state of Missouri.
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