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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,” but not to acquire it. 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.
  2. Passed 103 to 3 in the House on November 13, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 2, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on December 2, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 15, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 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,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 17, 2014, the vote by which the bill was passed. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 17, 2014.
  6. Received in the Senate on December 17, 2014.
  7. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 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,” but not to acquire it. Drainage districts create and maintain the “drains” (usually networks of ditches) that remove surplus water from land, allowing it to be farmed or developed.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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