WI Considers Further Protections Against Eminent Domain Abuse

In Wisconsin, a bill introduced by Senator Mary Lazich may finally close the eminent domain loophole and put an end to the abuse of public power for private gain.  If approved, Lazich’s bill will narrow the definition of “blight,” limiting the government’s  use of eminent domain for private development to situations in which the property violates building codes and the owner has disregarded at least two orders to correct the violations.  According to Lee McGrath, executive director of Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter and IJ’s legislative council, “This is a second step that closes the loophole so the original intent is fully realized.”

Last year IJ successfully campaigned twice against the use of eminent domain for private development in Wisconsin, sparking support to Lazich’s bill.

Read more about the bill here and here.