Our government should not have the authority to take our private property and give it to acorporation or other private entity. There is no justifiable reason for infringing upon our fundamental and constitutionally protected property rights. Whatever the rational today, will be the unwinding of more of our freedoms later. Today is the day we begin to build a bastion around our Constitution to protect our fundamental rights of Life, Liberty, andProperty.
We as Mississippians find ourselves in the unfortunate circumstance of having to fight to ensure these rights because our elected officials have been unable or unwilling to do so. We have already successfully collected signatures for the Personhood Amendment (Life), the Voter ID Amendment (Liberty), and have begun to work on the Eminent Domain Amendment (Property).
We will have the opportunity to vote on these amendments ourselves without having to rely on our elected officials to properly represent the voice of the people.
Eminent Domain Reform is Initiative #31 and reads as follows: “Initiative #31 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to prohibit state and local government from taking private property by eminent domain and then conveying it to other persons or private businesses for a period of ten years after acquisition. Exceptions from the prohibition include drainage and levee facilities, roads, bridges, ports, airports, common carriers, and utilities. The prohibition would not apply in certain situations, including public nuisance, structures unfit for human habitation, or abandoned property.”
Farm Bureau worked hard in 2009 to pass H.B. 803 (Eminent Domain Reform). Though H.B. 803 failed to pass, Farm Bureau is continuing this fight to protect the rights of Mississippi property owners. Farm Bureau has created a website at http://savingmyland.orgwhich has instructions and petitions for Initiative #31 which can be printed directly from the website.We will need to collect 90,000 signatures by October 1st, 2010 to get this Initiative on the ballot.
Please join me in this fight to get Eminent Domain Reform on the ballot and together we can secure our rights to property and prosperity, for this generation and future generations, together.
For more information visit http://savingmyland.org.