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“When eminent domain is abused, it’s almost always used against people who lack the power to defend themselves,” said Delegate Robert B. Bell, Albemarle Republican.

Both Mr. Bell and Mr. Obenshain, who will be battling for the GOP nomination for attorney general next year, have been working on the issue for some time. Both they and Mr. Cuccinelli, then a state senator, introduced versions of the eminent-domain state statute in 2007. All three have worked to get it on the ballot since then.