A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday decide if the public will be allowed to vote on a proposed eminent domain amendment.
Circuit Judge Winston Kidd will decide whether the amendment to prevent government from taking property for anything, but public projects will be placed on a November 8th general election ballot.
Leland Speed, head of the Mississippi Development Authority, says he is acting as a private citizen on the matter.
Speed opposes having the issue before voters. The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the initiative and gathered signatures to place the issue on the ballot.
Supporters say the amendment will protect owners' property rights.
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