Eminent domain, tax break for 2012 votes

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri groups that want to limit the use of eminent domain and expand tax breaks for charitable donations have been cleared to try to get their proposals on a statewide ballot.

The Missouri secretary of state on Monday approved the summaries for the group’s proposals, clearing them to seek voter signatures on petitions. If they succeed, the measures would appear on ballots in November 2012.

Eminent domain involves the seizure of private property for development. Critics want to amend Missouri’s Constitution to limit who can use eminent domain and how property can be seized.

Another group wants to let people who donate to charities claim a tax credit worth 60 percent of the donation on top of existing tax breaks.

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