Eminent Domain Debated for WKU Students

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

When can the government take your private property for public use?

It's a question recently decided by the Supreme Court, and now some local leaders are trying to sway the opinions of future voters.

As part of constitution week at WKU, students gathered last night to listen to different perspectives on the benefits and drawbacks of eminent domain.

"You're talking about government stepping in to redevelop an area and to turn it around giving the private sector a little bit of incentive to come in and turn it around," said Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker.

"Some local governments and local government entities feel like the flood doors are open for them to take people's property for economic development projects, and we don't think that's right," said Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute.

Bowling Green's city commission recently passed a new set of rules that place stricter limits on the use of eminent domain, but Mayor Walker opposed those rules.

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