Eminent domain legislation advances in Iowa Legislature

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DES MOINES (AP) — Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Legislature.

Subcommittees in the House and Senate met jointly Tuesday and approved identical legislation on the issue. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could only get permission after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.

The proposed change could impact two current proposals. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast