Clarion Ledger – State’s eminent domain law already protects property owners

Mississippi Development Authority Director Leland Speed is right to continue to press for the eminent domain initiative to be dropped from the Nov. 8 ballot.

Although Speed was acting as a private citizen when he filed suit seeking to block the ballot measure, his arguments are pro-business and, essentially, pro-Mississippi, while those who want the measure on the ballot are inflaming the issue with half-truths and misleading, fiery rhetoric.

Speed has appealed a Hinds County judge’s ruling that the ballot measure is not unconstitutional to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court has not yet scheduled oral arguments in the case.

Clarion Ledger
8/14/11