The Missouri House today passed HCS HB 527, giving final approval to critical legislation to safeguard and strengthen private property protections for Missouri’s family farms. Sponsored by Representative Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill), lawmakers passed the bill with a vote of 123-33, which will now move to the Missouri Senate for consideration. HCS HB 527 seeks specifically to prevent harmful abuses of private companies taking private land for private gain, and strengthens private property laws by ensuring merchant transmission lines do not get the power of eminent domain. This bill specifies that entities who seek approval for a merchant line must first provide the PSC with a resolution of support passed by the county commission in each county through which the merchant line will be built. The restriction does not apply to any rural electric cooperatives or any electrical corporation operating under a cooperative business plan. The bill is a top legislative priority of Missouri’s leading agriculture organizations, including the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn Growers Association, and Missouri Pork Association. The senate version, Senate Bill 508, is sponsored by Sen. Jason Bean (R-Holcomb).