Farm Bureau Pushing for Passage of Eminent Domain Legislation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – The Ohio Farm Bureau is pushing for passage of a bill that makes reforms to Ohio’s eminent domain law.

It’s House Bill 64 which has a number of co-sponsors including 50th District Rep Reggie Stoltzfus.

They say the current law is convoluted, and farmers and other landowners must go through several steps to protect their land from being sold.

Farm Bureau Director of State and National Policy Brandon Kern says Ohio is the only state without a process known as “inverse condemnation”.

That process puts eminent domain cases in one court and makes certain the property owner is being fairly compensated.

Those who use eminent domain will argue that the forced purchase is for the public good.