Missouri House gives initial approval to bill banning eminent domain for wind-energy power line

(AP)  The Missouri House gives preliminary approval to a bill that would ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line that would carry energy across the state.

Under the bill, the Grain Belt Express power line would be prohibited from using private land without the property owners’ permission.  But the bill’s sponsor says the ban wouldn’t apply to transmission lines with energy substations every 50 miles, which could give Missouri farm owners access to the power.

The landowners, and the Missouri Farm Bureau, previously lost a lawsuit against the line, which they argued would take their land without providing them with any benefit.

The power line would carry wind energy from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.

The bill needs one more vote in the House before moving onto the Senate.