House Bill 31 providing Eminent Domain Protection passes the Judiciary Committee!
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas are not the only states
seeing a need for additional landowner protection from eminent domain abuses. Kentucky residents are also fighting the same
problems, but with a privately owned pipeline speculation project that will
offer no benefit to the state’s residents.
In many ways Bluegrass Pipeline is following the same playbook as RICL. Just
as RICL pushes union operators and other contractors who potentially could make
money off the project to publically support the project, Bluegrass pipeline does
the same. The operator’s union is
strongly supporting Bluegrass.
Similarly to Iowa, Kentucky residents are working with state representatives
to pass a bill increasing eminent domain protection. The Kentucky bill passed the Judiciary
Committee today. Congratulations
Kentucky! One step at a time.
It’s great to see a State Representative make strong comments supporting
eminent domain protection. Today, Rep
Johnny Bell addressed those attending who support the bill because they
will profit from the construction.
"Those of you who are up here today to protect
your jobs, we all appreciate that," the Barren County Democrat said.
"Your job is important to you and it’s important to us, but I feel that a
person’s property rights is one of the highest rights that we have in this
country, so I vote yes on that and thank you all for being here today."
Amen! State Representatives are starting to speak out supporting
landowners! It’s great to hear political
leaders speak against those who support needless eminent domain projects
because it will put money in their pocket. Rep Johnny Bell is an inspiration to us in the Midwest who recognize this problem. Here's another great quote from the representative.
“I see everyday citizens of the Commonwealth of
Kentucky trying to protect what I feel is an inalienable right, a right given
by a power higher than men, and that is the right to enjoy and use their
property.” Kentucky State Representative
Pipeline Blockade. Clean Line Energy
Partners should be worried. Eminent
domain protection bills are becoming more popular. The Preservation of Rural Iowa
is on the right path. Keep trying.
Which state is next? My bet is on Arkansas
Representative John Hutchinson. He doesn’t
look to be a big fan of Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Take a look at his Facebook
page. It’s also interesting to see a
few politicians have recognized few subjects stir the voters more than eminent
domain. There is no downside to this
issue for a politician.
Eminent domain abuse is bigger than one transmission project or one pipeline.