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2014 House Bill 5684: Expand drain commission powers
  1. Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on June 12, 2014, to allow government drainage districts to “acquire interests in real or personal property by gift, purchase, or any other method, including condemnation” (through eminent domain). Current law lets drain districts “hold, manage, and dispose of real and personal property.” “Personal property” is not defined in this statute, and according to one source it is “generally is interpreted to be (property) not permanently affixed to land: e.g., equipment, furniture, tools, computers.” Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
    • Referred to the House Local Government Committee on June 12, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on October 2, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.