SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1377

96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


 

 

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES CAUTHORN (Sponsor), REIBOLDT, GUERNSEY, TORPEY, WHITE AND SOLON (Co-sponsors).

4637L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


 

AN ACT

To repeal section 523.039, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to condemnation proceedings.




Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:


            Section A. Section 523.039, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 523.039 and 523.263, to read as follows:

            523.039. In all condemnation proceedings filed after December 31, 2006, just compensation for condemned property shall be determined under one of the three following subdivisions, whichever yields the highest compensation, as applicable to the particular type of property and taking:

            (1) An amount equivalent to the fair market value of such property;

            (2) For condemnations that result in a homestead taking, an amount equivalent to the fair market value of such property multiplied by one hundred twenty-five percent; or

            (3) For condemnations of property that result in any taking that prevents the owner from utilizing property in substantially the same manner as it was currently being utilized on the day of the taking and involving property owned within the same family for [fifty] thirty-five or more years, an amount equivalent to the sum of the fair market value and heritage value. For the purposes of this subdivision, family ownership of property may be established through evidence of ownership by children, grandchildren, siblings, or nephews or nieces of the family member owning the property [fifty] thirty-five years prior to the taking; and in addition, may be established through marriage or adoption by such family members. If any entity owns the real property, members of the family shall have an ownership interest in more than fifty percent of the entity in order to be within the family line of ownership for the purposes of this subdivision. The property owner shall have the burden of proving to the commissioners or jury that the property has been owned within the same family for [fifty] thirty-five or more years.

            523.263. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any municipality seeking to acquire property through the power of eminent domain shall have the burden of establishing by clear and convincing evidence that:

            (1) There exists a specific need for the acquisition of a particular property by the power of eminent domain; and

            (2) No other reasonable alternatives for the specific need are viable.

            2. Nothing in this section shall be construed as applying to the state of Missouri when the state is exercising its power of eminent domain.