Wisconsin Municipal Eminent Domain Amendment, Question 5 (April 1961)

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The Wisconsin Municipal Eminent Domain Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1961 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article XI, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution to remove provision of jury verdict of necessity for municipal eminent domain, and grants legislature power to dictate by law instead.[1]

Election results

Question 5
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 348,406 57.31%
No259,56642.69%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1962

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 2 of article XI of the constitution, which presently provides that the necssity for condemnation by a city or village be established by a jury verdict, be amended to grant to the state legislature the same authority to prescribe the method by which such necessity shall be established for cities and villages as it now has with respect to other units of government and public utilities?"[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 22 & JR 47 (1959)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 8 & JR 12 (1961)[2]

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