2006 Regular Session
To: Judiciary, Division A
By: Senator(s) Hewes
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 11-27-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT USE OF THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR CERTAIN PRIVATE, NONGOVERNMENTAL PURPOSES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 11-27-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
11-27-1. (1) Any person or corporation having the right to condemn private property for public use shall exercise that right as provided in this chapter, except as elsewhere specifically provided under the laws of the State of Mississippi.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or any other provisions of law to the contrary, property shall not be condemned for the purposes of private retail, office, commercial, industrial or residential development; or primarily for enhancement of tax revenue; or for transfer to a person, nongovernmental entity, public-private partnership, corporation or other business entity. Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted to prohibit the exercise of the power of eminent domain for the purpose of constructing, maintaining or operating streets and roadways, government buildings or park and recreation facilities.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.