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Bill proposed to protect property owners from annexation

By Megan Gorey
Published On: Feb 21 2013 04:57:41 PM CST
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A Tennessee state representative is sponsoring a bill to strengthen property rights when it comes to the annexation of land in the state.

Micah Van Huss of Johnson City proposed a bill that requires governments to give adequate notice to all property owners affected by annexation with a 90-day written notice and a minimum of three informational meetings.

A local referendum vote would also have to be held to ensure residents have a voice.

Also included in the proposal is the specification that farmland would not be able to be annexed until it is zoned by the property owner for purposes other than agriculture.

Huss said he filed the bill after listening to his constituents.