The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 1:00 in room A2, on land and property issues including eminent domain legislation.
The eminent domain bills are on the state website: H1770, H1466, H1499, H1704, H1732
The best, I believe, is H 1770 (Martha Walz)
An act relative to eminent domain takings.
Martha M. Walz, James B. Eldridge, Matthew C. Patrick, Denise Provost, Christine E. Canavan, James R. Miceli
“SECTION 1. Chapter 79 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 1 the following new section:
Section 1A. The taking of real estate or of any interest therein by right of eminent domain under this chapter or chapter 80A shall be effected only when necessary for the possession, occupation, and enjoyment of land by the public at large and shall not be effected for the purpose of commercial, private economic development, or any private use of the property. Property shall not be taken from one owner and transferred to another on the grounds that the public will benefit from a more profitable use. Whenever an attempt is made to take property for a use alleged to be public, the question whether the contemplated use is truly public shall be a judicial question and determined as such without regard to any legislative assertion that the use is public.”