Eminent domain reform demanded: Billings MT Gazette, 11/7/06

The Powder River Basin Resource Council passed a resolution at its annual meeting Saturday calling for a "substantial" rewrite of Wyoming's eminent domain laws.

Laurie Goodman, a member of the Wyoming Landowners Association, told the council that Wyoming's laws are "skewed to the taker," with landowners having little recourse against a company that wants to take land for private use.

Several Wyoming groups have called for changes in the state's eminent domain law since the U.S. Supreme Court last year allowed the city of New London, Conn., to condemn 12 older homes along the waterfront and turn them over to a developer who plans to build offices, a hotel and convention center.

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