Eminent domain bill may make state pay court costs

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to provide financial relief for Idahoans who successfully fight the government's seizure of their land under eminent domain is headed to the Senate floor.

Under the bill proposed by Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, the government agency that changes the terms of the land seizure or ends the ligation would be on the hook for the landowner's court costs.

That can include attorney's fees and costs related to hiring engineers and expert witnesses.

Winder says it's only fair that the owner not be penalized for trying to dispute the government's claim to their land.

Eminent domain cases are often subject to prolonged courthouse wrangling.

Lawmakers are seeking to add an amendment before the bill goes to a debate, mandating the state pay in a reasonable amount of time.

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