State senator says eminent domain has been abused and he wants the law reformed

Eminent Domain Attorney Dallas Fort Worth | Wyde Law & Associates


Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm plans to target Oklahoma’s eminent domain law in the approaching legislative session.

In an announcement, the Broken Arrow Senator said he is looking to reform the law because he contends it has been abused by governments. The bill he plans to introduce Senate Bill 41 which would create a stricter definition of public use and limits the reasons why eminent domain is used.

“As we celebrate Bill of Rights Day, a significant provision of the Bill of Rights is being violated in our state by the unjust taking of property,” Dahm said. “This bill attempts to constrain government in its use of eminent domain and make it very clear that those powers are limited.”

SB 41 requires a government entity looking to use eminent domain to have to prove that taking a blighted property is necessary for a legitimate public use. If the property is failed to be used, the former property owner has a path to reclaim it.

“Current law gives former property owners ‘first dibs’ to buy back their condemned property if it is not used,” Dahm said. “No property owner should have to buy back property that they were forced to sell, that’s ridiculous. By allowing former property owners to reclaim their property, SB 41 will provide them some remedy to eminent domain abuse and make it more costly for government to misuse that power.”

Source: press release