Testify Regarding a Bill
A great way that you can support our battle against eminent domain abuse is to testify at a hearing for a bill which would fight eminent domain. You can attend the hearing and testify or you can submit the testimony to the committee chair. Some ideas for testimony are below:
Testimony Example 1
We own a small 105 acre farm in Northeast Missouri which is in the pathway of a potential transmission line that cuts off the northern portion of our farm. We understand that alternatives to this transmission line exist which include upgrading existing lines with easements already established. We are concerned that Missouri laws do not protect land owners such as us against abuse of eminent domain by utility companies that are focused on profit with little regard to the damage, disruption or deception that is caused.
We sincerely appreciate the fact that HB 640 and HB 795 received a hearing before the Utilities Committee on 4/6/2017 and wanted to send you a note of gratitude for your consideration of these Bills. As a member of the Economic Development Committee, we know that you are also aware of the importance of agriculture and agricultural related businesses to Missouri’s economy. Once transmission companies are given free-will to arbitrarily cut across Missouri farmland, there will be no end to the destruction and devastation caused to farmers and ranchers all over the state. This will ultimately result in the reduction in property value, a decline in crop productivity and grassland due to soil compaction, and uncertain health impacts which are all serious concerns. Furthermore, proposed easements do not restrict utility companies to a specific path but entitle access from anywhere on a landowner’s property and without regard to land conditions. Attached are a few photos which illustrate this point.
We are asking that you support HB 640 and HB 795 which assist in giving a voice to the citizens of Missouri. We realize that eminent domain is a difficult issue to tackle, but if not addressed, then what is to stop profit-seeking corporations from seizing homes, retirements, and generations of hard work from individuals and families who do not have the financial resources to fight such an injustice?
Testimony Example 2