June 20, 2018
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Senate kills bill sought to address compensation for landowners when property is seized

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — After minimal discussion, the Maine Senate has killed a bill that sought to address compensation for landowners in cases of seizures of their properties for roads or other public facilities.

The Senate vote to kill the “takings” bill came Tuesday, soon after the Legislature met to conclude the 2012 session.

The bill had been heavily debated before lawmakers recessed in mid-April.
The Judiciary Committee worked up a compromise that would have set forth a process for landowners to recoup losses in property values of at least 50 percent due to a state regulation.

But before the vote Tuesday, lawmakers said the bill needs more work next session.

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