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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.

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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.

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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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Rep. Flynn kills his own eminent domain bill

HELENA -- The sponsor of a bill to bolster landowner rights during condemnation of their property by power line companies or other entities killed his own bill Tuesday, saying he feared it would later be gutted on behalf of industry interests.

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House passes Wyoming wind energy property rights bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposal that would prevent landowners from selling wind rights separate from the rest of the property has passed the House of Representatives.

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Montana House gives nod to industry eminent domain bill

HELENA — The Republican-led Montana House gave hesitant initial approval Friday to a pro-industry eminent domain bill that supporters of the high-voltage Montana Alberta Tie Line say is needed to rescue the stalled project.

February 04, 2011 4:10 pmLoading…

Judge says Missoula City Council violated developer's rights

MISSOULA - A 4th District judge says the Missoula City Council violated a developer's property rights by forcing him to grant a trail and public access easements on his property.

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U.S. has obligation to protect property rights

I live on the Crow Indian Reservation. I am a member of the Crow Tribe. I own trust land and I own cattle. Some years ago in the 1950s, an electric corporation built its electrical lines across some trust property I presently own. Recently, the corporation wanted me to sign and renew their c…

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Guest Opinion: Mitchell Slough ruling drowns private-property rights

The Montana Supreme Court finally handed down its long-awaited ruling on the so-called Mitchell Slough case. Brought by the Bitterroot River Protective Association, the appeal challenged the right of "rich out-of-state landowners" to limit public access to the Mitchell Slough. The plaintiffs…

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