There will be a “No Eminent Domain for Private Gain” public hearing next Tuesday, March 29, at 3:30 pm at the Capitol rotunda. Iowa farmers and other affected landowners are invited to speak about the impact the carbon capture pipelines and threat of eminent domain are having on them. I plan to attend and hopefully other legislators will be present as well.
Late in the week, the House passed an amendment to an appropriations bill (HF 2565) that theoretically postpones the scheduling of any carbon pipeline hearing until after February 1, 2023. I believe we need legislative protection from eminent domain abuse that is much stronger and more permanent. My bill (SF 2160), which was eliminated on February 16, or the two House bills that were set aside by leadership around the same time (HF 2320 sponsored by Rep. Tom Jeneary; HF 2325 sponsored by Rep. Henry Stone), are better approaches to the problem.