The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in the Speed v. Hosemann Eminent Domain initiative case.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled last week that an initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Mississippi ballot this November.
Kidd ruled last week that the proposal does not conflict with the state constitution's bill of rights.
The head of the Mississippi Development Authority, Leland Speed, was acting as a private citizen when he filed a lawsuit seeking to block the proposed amendment to the state constitution. Speed says it would hurt job creation.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau pushed the initiative, which says state or local government could not use the eminent domain process to take land for private economic development projects.
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