Unfortunately the Supreme Court made their decision to allow government to continue taking private land in order to resell it to private business. I had known of the court case and was hoping it would have had a different outcome. I was also hoping that the case would not be finalized until I passed my bill, but it did not.
This case was one of the reasons why some legislators wanted to wait and not vote on my bill when it came up in regular session. It seems most would rather let the courts decide. Although the Supreme made their decision, I am pretty sure we can still pass a state law making it difficult for localities to take property, but this road will be much harder now.
Many legislators will probably say something along the lines that the Supreme Court has dealt with this issue and now there is no need or reason to pass a law that they might be against.
But who knows---there may be enough of a public outcry over this decision to cause some legislators to listen to the people, step up to the plate, and try and help pass this bill. Frank Nicely and I have spoken and we plan to push full speed ahead on this bill again next year.
The feedback I have received has been for the most part STRONGLY against the court's decision. Some went so far as to call it a slow slip into socialism, and later communism. I will continue to listen to your input, and will continue working hard to try and stop this slipping.