Priority legislation of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) was passed through the Missouri Senate in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 5, 2022. HB 2005 reforms eminent domain laws in the state. Rep. Mike Haffner (R-55) sponsored the legislation that was carried across the finish-line in the senate by Sen. Jason Bean (R-25).
The senate passed the legislation with a 19-10 vote. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the legislation protects private property rights.
“Eminent domain was intended to be used as a last resort for critical needs and infrastructure benefiting the citizens of this state. It was never intended to be used by companies to acquire private land for private gain with little to no benefit to Missouri citizens,” said Deering. “Senator Jason Bean and his staff worked extremely hard to get this legislation across the finish-line. This took years of very hard work.”
Deering said MCA is committed to taking proactive steps to protect producers’ private property rights.
“This legislation is only the beginning. It is a strong leap forward, but eminent domain needs to continue to be a priority for our elected leaders. More work is needed,” he said.
The legislation now moves back to the Missouri House for final approval before being sent to Governor Mike Parson.