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HELENA— A resolution to study eminent domain in Montana is moving forward in the Legislature, while bills meant to take action on the issue stall.

Senate Joint Resolution 21 carried by Senate President Jim Peterson would study the balance of landowner rights and business development.

Those issues are contributing to the construction delay of planned utility lines in the state.

The resolution passed 46-4 Friday in an initial Senate vote.

Meanwhile, a measure to bolster landowner rights died in the House this week. Another eminent domain bill backed by utilities doesn't have the votes to reach the Senate floor.

The only other eminent domain proposal to advance is one meant to give Montana the power to seize federal land.

The House passed that measure Friday. It's already passed the Senate.

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