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Eminent domain passes overwhelmingly

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ST. PAUL -- Governments soon will be restricted from taking private land if Gov. Tim Pawlenty signs eminent domain changes as expected.


The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday to make sure governments, especially cities, cannot take private land and sell it to private developers.

On a 56-9 vote, with mostly urban Democrats against it, senators gave final approval to the bill.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.