UPDATE:Barbour veto of land-taking restrictions upheld

The Associated Press
JACKSON – The Mississippi Senate has upheld Republican Gov. Haley Barbour’s veto of an eminent domain bill.

The bill would’ve put restrictions on the government’s ability to take private land for economic development projects.

Barbour said the new restrictions could block Mississippi from attracting big projects such as automotive manufacturing plants. He said he would support a bill that would not hurt job-creation efforts.

Barbour has been governor since January 2004, and lawmakers have never overridden one of his vetoes.

The House voted Tuesday to override the veto. The Senate vote on Thursday fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to complete the process.


The bill is House Bill 803.

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