Tougher eminent domain criteria pass: Ft Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette, 3/15/06

By Niki Kelly

The practice of taking private land through eminent domain became more difficult Tuesday when the [Indiana] Senate agreed to final changes on House Bill 1010 – sending it to Gov. Mitch Daniels for approval.

The Senate voted 49-0 to approve the legislation for the final time while the House had voted 89-8 late Monday on the measure.

All northeast Indiana lawmakers voted “yes.”

“This bill is good,” said Rep. Ryan Dvorak, D-South Bend. “It will help restrict eminent domain for private purposes.”

The bill specifically limits the ability of local governments to take private property through eminent domain and then turn it over to a private developer or entity for another purpose.

And in certain cases where such a practice can occur, the legislation requires that the government pay a premium price for the land.

Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, has pushed the bill for several years.

Journal Gazette: http://www.fortwayne.com