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Eminent Domain

Property owners talk academics at conference

Property owners talk academics at conference

When they feel wronged by the government or by a utility, academics don’t get mad. They get even — by writing a paper about it.

August 15, 2014 1:36 pm Photos

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State sides with Missoula on water utility taxes

MISSOULA — The Montana Department of Revenue says Mountain Water Co. is still responsible for paying its taxes while the city of Missoula seeks to take over the water and supply distribution company.

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Missoula to appeal legal fees in property case

MISSOULA — The city of Missoula is appealing a District Court ruling that it must pay just over $180,000 in legal fees in a case in which the city was found to have illegally taken private land to widen a road.

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Bullock signs property owner protections law

Bullock signs property owner protections law

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a law that aims to give landowners more say in eminent-domain proceedings.

May 01, 2013 5:25 pm Photos

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Wyoming Senate concurs with House on eminent domain

Wyoming Senate concurs with House on eminent domain

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Senate is agreeing with the House over a bill that would require energy companies and others using the power of eminent domain to condemn private property to pay a landowner's legal fees if the courts find they didn't offer a fair price for the land.

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Montana Senate backs eminent-domain rollback

Montana Senate backs eminent-domain rollback

HELENA — The Montana Legislature revisited the contentious issue of eminent domain Tuesday, as the state Senate voted to repeal a 2-year-old law that gives private power line developers the authority to condemn property to build the line.

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Wyoming House approves eminent domain bill

Wyoming House approves eminent domain bill

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House has approved a bill to require entities seeking to use the power of eminent domain to condemn private property to pay a landowner's legal fees if the courts find they didn't offer a fair price for the land.

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Wyoming House set for vote on eminent domain bill

Wyoming House set for vote on eminent domain bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House is set for what could be a final vote on a bill that would require entities seeking to use the power of eminent domain to condemn private property to pay a landowner's legal fees if the courts find they didn't offer a fair price for the land.

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Montana lawmakers hear plan to roll back eminent domain

Montana lawmakers hear plan to roll back eminent domain

GREAT FALLS — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove some eminent-domain powers granted by the 2011 Legislature.

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New fight brewing over eminent domain

New fight brewing over eminent domain

HELENA — The right of power companies to condemn private property for a transmission line is headed for another battle at the Montana Legislature, as a Republican state senator wants to repeal a two-year-old law defining that right.

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Wyoming House advances eminent-domain moratorium on wind collector systems

Wyoming House advances eminent-domain moratorium on wind collector systems

CASPER, Wyo. — The House voted Wednesday to extend from 2013 to 2015 a moratorium on eminent domain of property for certain wind energy lines.

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Work on 214-mile power line to Canada resumes

GREAT FALLS — Construction work on the 214-mile Montana-Alberta Tie Line power line cutting across part of Montana to Canada has resumed after landowners along the route agreed to easements, a company official said.

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Feature photo: Dairy Queen clean up

Feature photo: Dairy Queen clean up

After removing an old buried gas tank, asbestos and disconnecting utility services, city of Billings employees finish tearing down the old Dairy Queen this week at 11th Street West and Grand Avenue.

April 04, 2012 8:10 pm Photos

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Montana judge upholds eminent domain law

HELENA — A judge on Wednesday ruled that a new law specifying that a power line to Canada and others like it have the power of eminent domain is constitutional, a decision that allows condemnation proceedings to move forward.

January 11, 2012 5:10 pmLoading…

Judge promises quick decision in Montana power line case

HELENA — A judge hearing disputes Thursday between landowners and the Montana-Alberta Tie Line project is asking for quick action from each side in a case that has long stalled the project.

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Medical marijuana issue likely on ballot, eminent domain doubtful

HELENA — With signatures due at county courthouses Friday, it appears highly likely a proposed referendum on the more restrictive new state medical marijuana law will qualify for the November 2012 election, while one targeting a new eminent-domain law will fall far short.

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Plans advance for embattled Montana power line

HELENA — A Canadian energy company said Tuesday that it is buying an embattled Montana power transmission line project that has seen its plans of shipping wind energy across the border become mired in landowner disputes. Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.'s announcement came the same day the compan…

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Guest opinion: Eminent domain law spurs landowners to action

If you enjoy irony, then July 2 was quite a day. The Billings Gazette printed Don Sterhan’s guest opinion taking aim at project delays caused by what he called frivolous lawsuits, rogue district courts and opposition groups “whose sole intent is to frustrate project development.” That same d…

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Tonbridge seeks to condemn 33 more properties

GREAT FALLS -- Tonbridge Power Inc. has filed condemnation complaints against 33 additional Montana landowners along the route of a stalled power line, bringing the total to at least 44 since state lawmakers gave the company the power of eminent domain this year.

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