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No Changes to Local and State Eminent Domain Laws for Carbon Pipelines

The chairman of an Iowa House committee Bobby Kaufmann said last week that he was trying to craft a bill to require that a large percentage of landowners agree to a carbon pipeline before state regulators could approve seizure of the remaining property through eminent domain.

In a written statement this week, Kaufmann said rushing eminent domain changes through the legislature this year would send the wrong message to businesses and to the landowners who’ve already signed easements for carbon pipelines and landowners still considering contracts.

Kaufmann says he’s passionate about private property rights, but he says it’s also important to send the message that Iowa’s legal, regulatory and tax structure is stable for new and existing business ventures.

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