for passing an eminent domain reform bill.
The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to curtail the power of government to seize private property.
Senators voted 56-to-9 in favor of changes to the process known as eminent domain. Supporters say it's been too easy in the past for cities and counties to seize property from its owners and turn it over to other private owners for redevelopment projects.
The main Senate sponsor says the legislative changes will "level the playing field" between governments and private owners. Some critics, though, are worried the changes will make it tough to get rid of urban blight.
The changes are popular with lawmakers, and the Senate vote will be followed soon by a House vote. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., also supports the changes.
Now if only we could do this in NC. Our eminent domain laws aren't as bad as some but there is some language in it that can change according to different people's views.