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Eminent domain

Stung by a Supreme Court ruling, lawmakers, property rights advocates and others are demanding the state limit property seizures by government agencies. The move comes as a result of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision on eminent domain. The court ruled local governments can use eminent domain to take property from one private entity and give it to another private entity if it's in the public interest. The ruling outraged many people. But some officials are urging caution. They worry lawmakers may react too quickly without giving the process enough thought.

More from MPR:
Supreme Court ruling prompts eminent domain reform push in Minnesota (01/06/2006)
Midmorning: Eminent domain critics prepare for a fight (01/19/2006)
Senate approves eminent domain restrictions (03/27/2006)
House passes restrictions on eminent domain (04/06/2006)
Legislature votes to limit government seizure of property (05/15/2006)

SORT VOTES BY: Name | District | Party | Vote
Governor's Desk
May 19, 2006

Result: Signed
Senate approval of conference committee version
May 15, 2006 (SF 2750)

Senators voted 56-to-9 in favor of changes to the process known as eminent domain. Supporters say it's been too easy in the past for cities and counties to seize property from its owners and turn it over to other private owners for redevelopment projects. The main Senate sponsor says the legislative changes will "level the playing field" between governments and private owners. Some critics, though, are worried the changes will make it tough to get rid of urban blight. The changes are popular with lawmakers, and the Senate vote will be followed soon by a House vote. Governor Pawlenty also supports the changes. (AP)

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Ellen R. Anderson DFL 66 AGAINST
Michele M. Bachmann Republican 52 FOR
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 FOR
Linda Berglin DFL 61 FOR
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Satveer Chaudhary DFL 50 FOR
Tarryl Clark DFL 15 FOR
Richard J. Cohen DFL 64 AGAINST
Dick Day Republican 26 FOR
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 AGAINST
Steve Dille Republican 18 FOR
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 FOR
Leo T. Foley DFL 47 FOR
Dennis R. Frederickson Republican 21 FOR
Chris Gerlach Republican 37 FOR
David Hann Republican 42 FOR
Linda Higgins DFL 58 FOR
John C. Hottinger DFL 23 AGAINST
Dean E. Johnson DFL 13 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 FOR
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 FOR
Steve Kelley DFL 44 FOR
Bob Kierlin Republican 31 FOR
Sheila M. Kiscaden DFL 30 FOR
Amy Koch Republican 19 FOR
Paul E. Koering Republican 12 FOR
Gary W. Kubly DFL 20 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Cal Larson Republican 10 FOR
Brian LeClair Republican 56 FOR
Warren Limmer Republican 32 FOR
Becky Lourey DFL 08 FOR
Sharon Marko DFL 57 AGAINST
John Marty DFL 54 FOR
Mike McGinn Republican 38 FOR
James P. Metzen DFL 39 FOR
Geoff Michel Republican 41 FOR
Mee Moua DFL 67 AGAINST
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Thomas M. Neuville Republican 25 FOR
Sean R. Nienow Republican 17 FOR
Gen Olson Republican 33 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 FOR
Sandra L. Pappas DFL 65 AGAINST
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Jane B. Ranum DFL 63 AGAINST
Mady Reiter Republican 53 FOR
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Claire A. Robling Republican 35 FOR
Julie A. Rosen Republican 24 FOR
Carrie L. Ruud Republican 04 FOR
Dallas C. Sams DFL 11 FOR
Tom Saxhaug DFL 03 FOR
Linda Scheid DFL 46 FOR
David H. Senjem Republican 29 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
Wesley J. Skoglund DFL 62 AGAINST
Dan Sparks DFL 27 FOR
LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL 01 FOR
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Jim Vickerman DFL 22 FOR
Betsy L. Wergin Republican 16 FOR
Charles W. Wiger DFL 55 FOR
House approval of conference committee report
May 15, 2006 (HF 2846/SF 2750)

The conference committee report to HF2846/SF2750*, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Johnson (R-Plymouth) and Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), was passed by the House 115-17. Johnson said that several significant changes had been made to the bill, including changes to provisions dealing with attorney’s fees, burden of proof for loss of going concern, and changes to the effective dates of the bill.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Jim Abeler Republican 48B FOR
Ron Abrams Republican 43B FOR
Joe Atkins DFL 39B FOR
Michael Beard Republican 35A FOR
Connie Bernardy DFL 51B FOR
Greg Blaine Republican 12B FOR
Fran Bradley Republican 29B FOR
Laura Brod Republican 25A FOR
Mark Buesgens Republican 35B FOR
Lyndon Carlson DFL 45B FOR
Mike Charron Republican 56A FOR
Karen Clark DFL 61A FOR
Tony Cornish Republican 24B FOR
Ray Cox Republican 25B FOR
Lloyd Cybart Republican 37A FOR
Gregory M. Davids Republican 31B FOR
Jim Davnie DFL 62A AGAINST
Chris DeLaForest Republican 49A FOR
Matt Dean Republican 52B FOR
Randy Demmer Republican 29A FOR
Jerry Dempsey Republican 28A FOR
David Dill DFL 06A FOR
Denise Dittrich DFL 47A FOR
Dan Dorman Republican 27A FOR
John Dorn DFL 23B FOR
Rob Eastlund Republican 17A FOR
Kent Eken DFL 02A FOR
Keith Ellison DFL 58B AGAINST
Tom Emmer Republican 19B FOR
Matt Entenza DFL 64A FOR
Ron Erhardt Republican 41A FOR
Sondra Erickson Republican 16A FOR
Brad Finstad Republican 21B FOR
Patti Fritz DFL 26B FOR
Pat Garofalo Republican 36B FOR
Paul Gazelka Republican 12A FOR
Barbara Goodwin DFL 50A AGAINST
Mindy Greiling DFL 54A FOR
Bob Gunther Republican 24A FOR
Tom Hackbarth Republican 48A FOR
Rod Hamilton Republican 22B FOR
Rick Hansen DFL 39A FOR
Alice Hausman DFL 66B AGAINST
Larry Haws DFL 15B FOR
Bud Heidgerken Republican 13A FOR
Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B FOR
Bill Hilty DFL 08A FOR
Mary Liz Holberg Republican 36A FOR
Joe Hoppe Republican 34B FOR
Frank Hornstein DFL 60B AGAINST
Melissa Hortman DFL 47B FOR
Larry Hosch DFL 14B FOR
Larry Howes Republican 04B FOR
Thomas Huntley DFL 07A AGAINST
Mike Jaros DFL 07B FOR
Jeff Johnson Republican 43A FOR
Ruth Johnson DFL 23A FOR
Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B AGAINST
Al Juhnke DFL 13B FOR
Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B AGAINST
Margaret Anderson Kelliher DFL 60A FOR
Karen Klinzing Republican 56B FOR
Jim Knoblach Republican 15A FOR
Lyle Koenen DFL 20B FOR
Paul Kohls Republican 34A FOR
Philip Krinkie Republican 53A FOR
Morrie Lanning Republican 09A AGAINST
Dan Larson DFL 63B FOR
Ron Latz DFL 44B FOR
Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B AGAINST
John Lesch DFL 66A FOR
Tina Liebling DFL 30A FOR
Bernard Lieder DFL 01B FOR
Leon Lillie DFL 55A FOR
Diane Loeffler DFL 59A FOR
Doug Magnus Republican 22A FOR
Tim Mahoney DFL 67A AGAINST
Carlos Mariani DFL 65B AGAINST
Paul Marquart DFL 09B FOR
Denny McNamara Republican 57B FOR
Doug Meslow Republican 53B FOR
Frank Moe DFL 04A FOR
Joe Mullery DFL 58A AGAINST
Mary Murphy DFL 06B FOR
Michael Nelson DFL 46A FOR
Peter Nelson Republican 17B FOR
Scott Newman Republican 18A FOR
Bud Nornes Republican 10A FOR
Mark Olson Republican 16B FOR
Mary Ellen Otremba DFL 11B FOR
Dennis Ozment Republican 37B FOR
Erik Paulsen Republican 42B FOR
Michael Paymar DFL 64B AGAINST
Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 31A FOR
Maxine Penas Republican 01A FOR
Joyce Peppin Republican 32A FOR
Aaron Peterson DFL 20A FOR
Neil W. Peterson Republican 41B FOR
Sandra Peterson DFL 45A FOR
Jeanne Poppe DFL 27B FOR
Duke Powell Republican 40A FOR
Tom Rukavina DFL 05A FOR
Connie Ruth Republican 26A FOR
Maria Ruud DFL 42A FOR
Brita Sailer DFL 02B FOR
Char Samuelson Republican 50B FOR
Bev Scalze DFL 54B FOR
Marty Seifert Republican 21A FOR
Anthony Sertich DFL 05B FOR
Dan Severson Republican 14A FOR
Katie Sieben DFL 57A FOR
Steve Simon DFL 44A FOR
Dean Simpson Republican 10B FOR
Nora Slawik DFL 55B FOR
Steve Smith Republican 33A FOR
Judy Soderstrom Republican 08B FOR
Loren Solberg DFL 03B FOR
Steve Sviggum Republican 28B FOR
Barb Sykora Republican 33B FOR
Cy Thao DFL 65A AGAINST
Paul Thissen DFL 63A FOR
Kathy Tingelstad Republican 49B FOR
Dean Urdahl Republican 18B FOR
Ray Vandeveer Republican 52A FOR
Jean Wagenius DFL 62B AGAINST
Neva Walker DFL 61B AGAINST
Lynn Wardlow Republican 38B FOR
Andy Welti DFL 30B FOR
Andrew Westerberg Republican 51A FOR
Torrey Westrom Republican 11A FOR
Tim Wilkin Republican 38A FOR
Kurt Zellers Republican 32B FOR

More from MPR:
Legislature votes to limit government seizure of property (05/15/2006)

House approval
April 6, 2006 (SF2750)

The House bill was combined with the Senate version of the bill (2750). State lawmakers passed the bill on an overwhelming 115-17 vote. The measure would tightly control when local government officials could seize private property. The changes also provide greater legal protection for homeowners and small businesses.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Jim Abeler Republican 48B FOR
Ron Abrams Republican 43B FOR
Bruce Anderson Republican 19A FOR
Irv Anderson DFL 03A FOR
Joe Atkins DFL 39B FOR
Michael Beard Republican 35A FOR
Connie Bernardy DFL 51B FOR
Greg Blaine Republican 12B FOR
Fran Bradley Republican 29B FOR
Laura Brod Republican 25A FOR
Mark Buesgens Republican 35B FOR
Lyndon Carlson DFL 45B FOR
Mike Charron Republican 56A FOR
Karen Clark DFL 61A AGAINST
Tony Cornish Republican 24B FOR
Ray Cox Republican 25B FOR
Lloyd Cybart Republican 37A FOR
Gregory M. Davids Republican 31B FOR
Jim Davnie DFL 62A AGAINST
Chris DeLaForest Republican 49A FOR
Matt Dean Republican 52B FOR
Randy Demmer Republican 29A FOR
Jerry Dempsey Republican 28A FOR
David Dill DFL 06A FOR
Denise Dittrich DFL 47A FOR
Dan Dorman Republican 27A FOR
John Dorn DFL 23B FOR
Rob Eastlund Republican 17A FOR
Kent Eken DFL 02A FOR
Keith Ellison DFL 58B AGAINST
Tom Emmer Republican 19B FOR
Matt Entenza DFL 64A FOR
Ron Erhardt Republican 41A FOR
Sondra Erickson Republican 16A FOR
Brad Finstad Republican 21B FOR
Patti Fritz DFL 26B FOR
Pat Garofalo Republican 36B FOR
Paul Gazelka Republican 12A FOR
Mindy Greiling DFL 54A FOR
Bob Gunther Republican 24A FOR
Tom Hackbarth Republican 48A FOR
Rod Hamilton Republican 22B FOR
Rick Hansen DFL 39A FOR
Alice Hausman DFL 66B AGAINST
Larry Haws DFL 15B FOR
Bud Heidgerken Republican 13A FOR
Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B FOR
Bill Hilty DFL 08A AGAINST
Mary Liz Holberg Republican 36A FOR
Joe Hoppe Republican 34B FOR
Frank Hornstein DFL 60B AGAINST
Melissa Hortman DFL 47B FOR
Larry Hosch DFL 14B FOR
Larry Howes Republican 04B FOR
Thomas Huntley DFL 07A AGAINST
Mike Jaros DFL 07B FOR
Jeff Johnson Republican 43A FOR
Ruth Johnson DFL 23A FOR
Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B AGAINST
Al Juhnke DFL 13B FOR
Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B AGAINST
Margaret Anderson Kelliher DFL 60A FOR
Karen Klinzing Republican 56B FOR
Jim Knoblach Republican 15A FOR
Lyle Koenen DFL 20B FOR
Paul Kohls Republican 34A FOR
Philip Krinkie Republican 53A FOR
Morrie Lanning Republican 09A AGAINST
Dan Larson DFL 63B FOR
Ron Latz DFL 44B FOR
Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B FOR
John Lesch DFL 66A FOR
Tina Liebling DFL 30A FOR
Bernard Lieder DFL 01B FOR
Leon Lillie DFL 55A FOR
Diane Loeffler DFL 59A FOR
Doug Magnus Republican 22A FOR
Tim Mahoney DFL 67A FOR
Carlos Mariani DFL 65B AGAINST
Paul Marquart DFL 09B FOR
Denny McNamara Republican 57B FOR
Doug Meslow Republican 53B FOR
Frank Moe DFL 04A FOR
Joe Mullery DFL 58A AGAINST
Mary Murphy DFL 06B FOR
Michael Nelson DFL 46A FOR
Peter Nelson Republican 17B FOR
Scott Newman Republican 18A FOR
Bud Nornes Republican 10A FOR
Mark Olson Republican 16B FOR
Mary Ellen Otremba DFL 11B FOR
Dennis Ozment Republican 37B FOR
Erik Paulsen Republican 42B FOR
Michael Paymar DFL 64B AGAINST
Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 31A FOR
Maxine Penas Republican 01A FOR
Joyce Peppin Republican 32A FOR
Aaron Peterson DFL 20A FOR
Neil W. Peterson Republican 41B AGAINST
Sandra Peterson DFL 45A FOR
Jeanne Poppe DFL 27B FOR
Duke Powell Republican 40A FOR
Tom Rukavina DFL 05A FOR
Connie Ruth Republican 26A FOR
Maria Ruud DFL 42A FOR
Brita Sailer DFL 02B FOR
Char Samuelson Republican 50B FOR
Bev Scalze DFL 54B FOR
Marty Seifert Republican 21A FOR
Anthony Sertich DFL 05B FOR
Dan Severson Republican 14A FOR
Katie Sieben DFL 57A FOR
Steve Simon DFL 44A FOR
Dean Simpson Republican 10B FOR
Steve Smith Republican 33A FOR
Judy Soderstrom Republican 08B FOR
Loren Solberg DFL 03B FOR
Steve Sviggum Republican 28B FOR
Barb Sykora Republican 33B FOR
Cy Thao DFL 65A AGAINST
Paul Thissen DFL 63A FOR
Kathy Tingelstad Republican 49B FOR
Dean Urdahl Republican 18B FOR
Ray Vandeveer Republican 52A FOR
Jean Wagenius DFL 62B AGAINST
Neva Walker DFL 61B AGAINST
Lynn Wardlow Republican 38B FOR
Andy Welti DFL 30B FOR
Andrew Westerberg Republican 51A FOR
Torrey Westrom Republican 11A FOR
Tim Wilkin Republican 38A FOR
Kurt Zellers Republican 32B FOR

More from MPR:
House passes restrictions on eminent domain (04/06/2006)

House Ways and Means Committee approval
April 3, 2006 (HF2846)

The Ways and Means Committee sends the bill to the floor after adding language to the Senate bill. It would prohibit the use of eminent domain strictly for economic development purposes. It also raises the burden of proof that a taking of property for public use is necessary for mitigation of a blighted area, remediation of an environmentally contaminated area, reduction of abandoned property or removal of a public nuisance. It also provides attorney fees, compensation for removal of legal nonconforming use, for loss of going concern or for loss of access.

Result: Passed

Senate floor approval
March 27, 2006 (SF2750)

The Senate approved the bill on a 64-2 vote. Amendments adopted by the Senate include a provision that in the case of agricultural land, the owner would be compensated for the production value of the land for five years.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Ellen R. Anderson DFL 66 FOR
Michele M. Bachmann Republican 52 FOR
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 FOR
Linda Berglin DFL 61 FOR
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Satveer Chaudhary DFL 50 FOR
Tarryl Clark DFL 15 FOR
Richard J. Cohen DFL 64 FOR
Dick Day Republican 26 FOR
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 FOR
Steve Dille Republican 18 FOR
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 FOR
Leo T. Foley DFL 47 FOR
Dennis R. Frederickson Republican 21 FOR
Chris Gerlach Republican 37 FOR
David Hann Republican 42 FOR
Linda Higgins DFL 58 FOR
John C. Hottinger DFL 23 FOR
Dean E. Johnson DFL 13 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 FOR
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 FOR
Steve Kelley DFL 44 FOR
Bob Kierlin Republican 31 FOR
Sheila M. Kiscaden DFL 30 FOR
Amy Koch Republican 19 FOR
Paul E. Koering Republican 12 FOR
Gary W. Kubly DFL 20 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Cal Larson Republican 10 FOR
Brian LeClair Republican 56 FOR
Warren Limmer Republican 32 FOR
Becky Lourey DFL 08 FOR
Sharon Marko DFL 57 FOR
John Marty DFL 54 FOR
Mike McGinn Republican 38 FOR
James P. Metzen DFL 39 FOR
Geoff Michel Republican 41 FOR
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Thomas M. Neuville Republican 25 FOR
Sean R. Nienow Republican 17 FOR
Gen Olson Republican 33 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 FOR
Sandra L. Pappas DFL 65 AGAINST
Pat Pariseau Republican 36 FOR
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL 07 FOR
Jane B. Ranum DFL 63 FOR
Mady Reiter Republican 53 FOR
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Claire A. Robling Republican 35 FOR
Julie A. Rosen Republican 24 FOR
Carrie L. Ruud Republican 04 FOR
Dallas C. Sams DFL 11 FOR
Tom Saxhaug DFL 03 FOR
Linda Scheid DFL 46 FOR
David H. Senjem Republican 29 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
Wesley J. Skoglund DFL 62 AGAINST
Dan Sparks DFL 27 FOR
LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL 01 FOR
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Jim Vickerman DFL 22 FOR
Betsy L. Wergin Republican 16 FOR
Charles W. Wiger DFL 55 FOR

More from MPR:
Senate approves eminent domain restrictions (03/27/2006)

Agriculture and Rural Development Committee approval
March 22, 2006 (HF2846)

No record of the vote is available. The bill was sent to the Transportation Finance Committee.

Result: Passed

Senate Transportation Committee approval
March 16, 2006 (SF2750)

The Transportation Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Senate floor. Amendments included providing that the minimum compensation for damages be for the purchase of a comparable property in the community, rather than a similar sized house or building, to the extent the damages will not be duplicated in other compensation awarded to the owner. Another adopted amendment requires the increase in market value, if more than three months has passed, to be taken into account for the purposes of determining whether the final judgment or award for damages is more than 20 percent greater that the last written offer for the property. An additional amendment specifies that if the acquiring authority is considering both a full and partial taking of the property, the acquiring authority must obtain and provide the owner with appraisals for both types of takings and must make a good-faith attempt to negotiate with respect to both types of takings.

Result: Passed

Senate State and Local Govt. Operations Committee
March 13, 2006 (SF2750)

The committee approved the bill and referred it to the Transportation Committee.

Result: Passed

House Civil Law Committee
March 1, 2006 (HF2846)

The bill defines when eminent domain can be used in Minnesota. Government agencies and businesses attacked the bill, which came up after a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed property-taking by a government, which then turned it over to private developers.

Result: Passed