Mississippi Eminent Domain Abuse (Amicus)

 Speed v. Hosemann, et. al (Amicus Brief) 

In a tremendous victory for property rights, 73 percent of Mississippians overwhelmingly rejected the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London to become the 44th state to pass stronger protections for property owners against eminent domain abuse.

Initiative 31 amends the Mississippi Constitution to prohibit the government from seizing private property by eminent domain and handing it to other private entities.  Government agencies that take private property by eminent domain for a public use must own and use that property for 10 years before selling or transferring it to a new, private owner. Restricting the transfer of the property the government acquires by eminent domain discourages the forced transfer of property from one private owner to another private owner under the guise of “economic development” and will protect the vast majority of property owners in Mississippi.


Essential Background


Latest Release: Mississippi Becomes the 44th State to Reject Kelo v. New London Ruling Eminent Domain Reform Passes with 73 Percent of Vote (November 9, 2011)

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Legal Briefs and Decisions

Download: Institute for Justice Mississippi Supreme Court Amicus (August 2011)

Case Timeline

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Supreme Court ruling, TBD


Additional Releases

Maps, Charts and Facts

Release: Monday Hearing Will Decide If Mississippians Can Vote on Eminent Domain Reform; Institute for Justice Asks Court to Accept Friend-of-the-Court Brief (July 22, 2011)

REPORT: Doomsday? No Way; Economic Trends and Post-Kelo Eminent Domain Reform

Op-eds, News Articles and Links

Article: New York: Building Empires, Destroying Homes Through Eminent Domain Abuse Liberty & Law (February 2010)


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