Missouri House revives eminent domain battle over electrical transmission lines

The Missouri House has revived a 2019 eminent domain battle by passing a bill that would require county commissions approve any proposed electrical transmission line spanning their jurisdictions.

House Bill 527, filed by state Rep. Mike Haffner, R-Pleasant Valley, would require approvals for a “merchant line” – such as the Grain Belt Express project – provide the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) with a resolution of support from county commissions they would traverse.

HB 527 was approved by the House in a 123-33 vote on Feb. 25 – its passage included a four-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee –
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