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.
The PSC and ATXI’s requests for a rehearing in the Western District Court of Appeals and application to transfer the case to the Missouri Supreme Court have been OVERRULED & DENIED!
The decision of the Western District Court that County Commissioner Approval is required BEFORE the issuing of a CCN is UPHELD.
PSC’s Request OVERRULED & DENIED
ATXI’s Supreme Court Transfer DENIED
Let me tell you about our dot.
We worked hard and bought our land in July 1972 with the plan to retire here. We invested in remodeling our home and settled into our new life living outside of town. This is where we raised our daughter and where our grandchildren now like to come and play. Part of our land has been set aside for hunting, where the trees and brush attract deer. The potential transmission line would plow through this wildlife refuge that has taken half of a lifetime to build. After almost 45 years in our home that we love, we are invested here and really cannot move. Instead of enjoying our retirement, though, we are faced with fiercely protecting our land and our future. Our life has been put on hold for 2-1/2 years while we have been fighting this fight. The potential line is situated such that we would see it across the road as a reminder of the destruction every time we look out our window. We would be negatively impacted by it when it crosses our land. We also question the safety of the line as it is proposed to run near our steel storage shed. And, even if we wanted to move, we could not. Since the potential line would be cutting through our property, the value of our land will be considerably less, stripping us of the opportunity to find another place equal to the current value.
How can a for profit company have the power to take our land and ruin our lives just to make themselves even richer?
This is not right.
This is my dot.
This could be your dot.