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A Springfield attorney will serve on an eminent domain task force. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Governor Matt Blunt has appointed the special council for the City of Springfield to a new task force that will examine eminent domain issues.
Howard Wright of Springfield has practiced eminent domain law for the Missouri Highway Commission and has worked as an attorney for Cape Girardeau and Springfield.
He will join with eight other task force members to consider what changes, if any the state should make to eminent domain laws in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Under the ruling, states and local governments have the authority to use eminent domain to condemn a private property to make room for construction of a business or other private development.
Wright says the ruling reflects earlier Supreme Court decisions on the issue of eminent domain.
Wright says the task force will evaluate current state law dealing with eminent domain.
He says there are several sections of the law that touch on this area.
Wright says under current law and with the recent court ruling, a municipality in Missouri could acquire private property for the purpose of handing it over to a private developer.
Wright says as special council for the City of Springfield, he's not heard from citizens concerned about the ruling.
But he says he's followed news coverage of the ruling and how people have reacted to it.
Wright is the only representative on the task force from Southwest Missouri.
Other task force members are from Jefferson City, Kansas City, St Louis, St Charles and Mexico, Missouri.