Governor Minner vetoed the bipartisan SB 245. Delaware on line reported the following:
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner announced today she is vetoing legislation that would have redefined “public use” in the eminent domain law and made it harder for government agencies to take private land.
The Legislature passed Senate Bill 245 on June 12, after months of negotiations between parities involved in the issue.
The legislation would have only allowed government agencies to take private land if it was intended for “public use” and added that economic development did not meet the definition of “public.” It also would have tightened the definition of blighted, adding it must be a threat to public health and safety.
I am so glad we have the Governor looking out for the interests of the powerful. If we didn’t have people like her, the average citizen might be able to sneak a break in once in a while. I am so relieved that Marx’s vision of the government desires trumping private property is not locked up in a museum. (Sarcasm fully intended)
Miracles can happen even if they are small ones. SB 245 is a bill which gave protection against the government using its powers of eminent domain to take property for public use against some individuals to benefit other private individuals without there being a legitimate public use like a road or school.
The Senate voted on the veto override (which required 13 votes, 3/5) 11 in favor and 9 opposed. The vote failed. The bipartisan bill looks dead in its current form for this year. The majority of Democrats flipped on this important issue. They would rather stand with a lame duck governor (Ruth Ann Minner) than the public. Unfortunately so did a couple of Republicans who would have been the difference. I am not pleased with the result, but I do celebrate progress. Most people didn’t think we would even get a vote.
I support bill in Kent County ensuring that our rights are protected regardless of the status of future legislation.