MEASURE NO. 31
Mr. David Waide,
PO Box 1972, Jackson, MS 39215
government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then
transferring it to other persons?
would amend the Mississippi Constitution to prohibit state and local government
from taking private property by eminent domain and then conveying it to other
persons or private businesses for a period of 10 years after acquisition.
Exceptions from the prohibition include drainage and levee facilities, roads,
bridges, ports, airports, common carriers, and utilities. The prohibition would
not apply in certain situations, including public nuisance, structures unfit for
human habitation, or abandoned property.
FILING: October 7, 2009
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During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure
on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi
to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi
Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to
be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be
gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five
congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required
number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of
votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election.
Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered
voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary
of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00.
For more information on the
initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890,
Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).