Ballot Question Would Amend Eminent Domain Law - 8 News NOW

Ballot Question Would Amend Eminent Domain Law

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LAS VEGAS -- Should the government be allowed to take over private property for public use? That's one of several decisions voters will make when they hit the polls for the General Election.

State Question 4 looks to repeal an amendment that prevents the government from taking over private property using eminent domain.

A few years back the initiative known as PISTOL, The People's Initiative to Stop Taking Our Land, was voted on by the public and approved. Essentially it stopped the government dead in it's tracks from being able to take over private property for public use.

Some early voters weighed in with their opinions.

"I think that the government has too much liberty on our property and it takes away our right to control what we have worked hard for and purchased," said Colleen Humble, voted against State Question 4.

"If they are going to take my property away, I want to make the decision. I don't want the courts or the state or anybody else doing it," said Milord McIntosh, voted against State Question 4.

Despite some who think repealing the amendment would open a can of worms, there are some who are in favor. Supporters say the foundation of the PISTOL initiative would remain intact and only tweaks would be made to make it better.

According to them, the law would only build on what is already in place and still protect the property owner's right.

"It allows railroads, pipelines, electrical lines and all of those kinds of things that are critical for the growth of Nevada to be able to meet infrastructure we need as we diversify our economy," said Assemblyman Joe Hardy, (R) Clark County.

Supporters say the amendment would clarify what public use is and would limit the government in how the land could be used. They say land would not be taken for an increased tax revenue or profit for a private business. Instead, they say it would be for public projects and improvements.

Several voters 8 News NOW talked with say they had trouble understanding the wording of the ballot question. And for that reason, some went to so far as to leave it blank.

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