Two Chippewa Valley State Lawmakers Look At Property Seizure Ruling

Some state lawmakers are planning legislation to strengthen the rights of property owners.

It's a reaction to the recent U-S Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for government to seize private property for commercial development.

Representative Jeffrey Wood of Chippewa Falls and Senator Dave Zien of Eau Claire say they have support from both parties for legislation that would restrict government's ability to take your property for commercial reasons.

The Supreme Court ruled last week that local governments could buy any private property, as long as the owner is given a fair price.

In the past governments had purchased run-down property for public projects, but never private homes for example, to build condos.

Wood says he supports use of that government power, called eminent domain, for public roads or utility lines, but not seizure of private property for economic development.