Nevada eminent domain bill wins state Senate approval: KRNV-TV4 (Reno NV), 4/26/05

A developer-backed bill that would limit use of eminent domain powers by government entities to preserve open space won approval on a 16-to-four vote in the state Senate.

There was no discussion as the bill by Senator Terry Care moved to the state Assembly for final legislative action.

The bill would help a developer tied up in a lawsuit over plans to build upscale homes on the old Ballardini ranch just south of Reno, but Care says he doesn't want to interfere with that litigation.

Senator Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, one of the four senators who opposed the bill, said after the vote that she had received about two dozen calls and e-mails from open-space advocates and conservation groups opposed to the measure.

Minnesota-based Evans Creek LLC paid 8.5 million dollars for the Ballardini ranch in 1998, and wants to build nearly 200 upscale homes on part of the scenic property.

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