Eminent domain ruling appealed to Miss. high court

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A challenge has been filed to the Mississippi Supreme Court over an eminent-domain ballot initiative.

Jackson businessman Leland Speed on Monday appealed a ruling handed down Friday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd.

The judge ruled that an initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in Mississippi. Eminent domain is the process governments use to take land for projects.

Speed is director of the state economic development agency but was acting as a private citizen when he filed a lawsuit seeking to block the ballot measure. He argues that the measure would improperly alter the state constitution’s bill of rights.

The initiative, sponsored by the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, would ban the taking of private land for private developments.