Homeowners' Rights Issue

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The U.S. Supreme Court has made it easier for local government to condemn personal property if the new use for that land will produce more revenue for the local government. By state law that cannot be done in Michigan, but some lawmakers want to write the protections in the state constitution just to make sure future courts won’t overturn the safeguards.

A House committee took testimony on Tuesday from Scout Bullock who argued the case before the state's highest court and lost. He urged state lawmakers to take whatever steps they could to protect homeowners’ rights while the Michigan Township Association testified that decision is better left to local governments, not the state.