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State to have say in land dispute
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It appears state lawmakers will be weighing in on West Warren-Viola Utility District’s ongoing legal attempts to use eminent domain to acquire land not in its district.House Bill 0938/ Senate Bill 1131 aims to prevent a public or private utility from using eminent domain to obtain land not in its district. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Janice Bowling and state Rep. Judd Matheny. It was introduced Feb. 12.Over the past three years, the utility has been embroiled in a bitter land dispute with the Jarrell family of Coffee County.