Governor Perry Signs Eminent Domain Reform Bill into Law
Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:30 pm | By Grant Morgan

A five-year long fight to reform eminent domain laws in Texas and protect the rights of property-holders ended successfully on Monday when Governor Rick Perry signed SB 18 into law. The bill had been previously presented twice to legislature in Texas. In 2007, the bill was passed but subsequently vetoed, while in 2009 it passed the state House but stalled in the Senate.

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No Progress on Bribery Prevention, According to OECD
Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:00 am | By Grant Morgan

There has been little or no progress on implementing transparency and anti-corruption measures, according to a report issued Tuesday by Transparency International, a non-governmental anti-corruption body. The 2011 Anti-Bribery Convention Progress Report , released at the OECD Summit in Paris, gives a comprehensive review of the efforts made by signatories to the convention on investigating, prosecuting, and preventing corruption.

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Montana Land-Grab Provokes Opposition
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:33 pm | By Grant Morgan

Landowners and Activists groups have begun to organize opposition to the expansion of eminent domain power passed last week by the Montana State legislature. The new law, HB 198, permits privately-owned utilities to use eminent domain power and to condemn private property in order to build transmission lines. The law has been challenged in two court cases. The first case deals with a 214-mile-long transmission line for a wind farm in Northern Montana. The landowners initially won a ruling in December of 2008 that said that a private utility did not have the right to invoke eminent domain. However, that initial ruling occurred before the passage of the new law, which appears to overturn it. A second legal challenge, filed on Friday, contests the constitutionality of the expansion of eminent domain power.


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