JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Governor Blunt is forming a task force to study eminent domain laws and recommend ways to protect Missouri property owners.
Blunt's action comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. The court ruled that cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development.
The decision sparked outrage from many, including Blunt. The task force is to propose criteria for state and local governments to use when considering seizing property. The group is to offer its ideas by year's end.
Blunt says eminent domain's role should be limited to a clear public interest.
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