HB 527 and SB 508, if passed by the General Assembly, will address clear abuses of Missouri eminent domain laws by private companies seeking to build merchant transmission lines
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI (April 21, 2021) – Over 200 Missouri farmers from every corner of the state traveled to Jefferson City today to rally in support of bills before the General Assembly aiming to strengthen private property protections against clear abuses of eminent domain. A Senate committee hearing was held on the proposed legislation – House Bill 527 and Senate Bill 508 – Wednesday afternoon in the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee.
Members from Missouri’s leading agriculture groups representing hundreds of thousands of Missouri farm families also attended the rally, including members of Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Landowners Alliance, Missouri Pork Association, and Missouri Soybean Association, who have united to endorse the critical property rights legislation.
“Today’s rally showed that Missourians are passionate about protecting their property rights,” Garrett Hawkins, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, said. “Our rights are not for sale, and for-profit corporations that don’t serve the public good have no right to use government power to take our land from us. The concerned landowners who rallied at the Capitol today deserve to be heard. We hope the Senate quickly passes this legislation to protect our rights.”
“Private property rights are at the core of who we are as farmers and ranchers. It is the corner post of a free society,” Patty Wood, President of Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, said. “We want to produce nutritious food for consumers without worrying about big government green-lighting a company confiscating our land for private gain.”
“Missouri farm families today used their voice to stand up for Missouri agriculture which is the main driver of our economy as our state’s number one industry,” Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe said. “I am proud to be a farmer and stand alongside them to call upon the legislature to pass this commonsense legislation to strengthen our constitutional private property protections.”