Under the U.S. and Ohio constitutions, private property may only be taken if its owner is paid fair market value. House Bill 152, sponsored by state Reps. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, and Timothy E. Ginter, R-Salem, seeks to amend the force pooling process in Ohio by compelling landowners to give their minerals to oil companies for less than fair market value. It is, therefore, facially unconstitutional. It also is bad policy…. Follow the link to read more


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