Seitz on panel to study eminent domain: Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 1/26/06

By Greg Korte

State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Green Township, is one of three representatives selected by Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted to serve on a panel that will study Ohio's eminent-domain laws.

The special legislative task force is part of a bill calling for a year-long moratorium on the use of eminent domain for economic development following a U.S. Supreme Court case finding the government takings constitutional.

The review also comes as the Ohio Supreme Court considers a landmark case out of Norwood that pits a developer against homeowners who had their houses taken for an office and retail complex.

Seitz said the task force would try to balance private and public interests while maintaining the government's fundamental right to take property.

Other lawmakers appointed to the panel this week are state Reps. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, and Joseph Koziura, D-Lorain. The Cincinnati area is represented by Probate Judge James C. Cissell, who represents judges, and Dinsmore & Shohl attorney Richard B. Tranter, who was appointed by the Ohio attorney general.

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