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HB 434: Eminent domain; requirement that condemnations not be converted to any use other than public use for 20 years; provide exception

Voted on Friday March 3, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

I voted YEA on HB 434 which expands the use of eminent domain to include "remedying blighted property" under the public use dominion assertion.

To qualify, a condemnor shall first petition the superior court for a judgement to see if the property meets the definition of "blighted," and the specifics for the petition are listed. After the petition is presented, the court shall issue an order requiring all parties to appear at a time and place to make their objections known of whether the property is to be deemed blighted.
Requirements for notice to the people entitled to the notice, as well as the possibility of additional notice, are outlined in the legislation.
After the court has heard all parties on the date specified, it shall make an order whether the property is or is not blighted.

For property deemed blighted, a statement shall be contained in the order that explains the current, or if vacant in the past, land use of the property and the property's future use shall be restricted to the same land use stated in the order for a period of FIVE years.

More information on legis.ga.gov
John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 158 87.8% Majority Vote
Nay 6 3.3%
Did not vote 9 5%
Excused 7 3.9%