A General Assembly study committee on emient domain will have a hearing next week in Indianapolis. The committee was formed before the Supreme Court's outrageous Kelo decision, which pretty much gave government carte blanche to take private property and turn it over to other private interests. At least Indiana property owners have an advantage over those in some states: Our property has to be declared "blighted" for it to be taken. But the law is so poorly written that blighted means whatever the property-takers say it means. One possible outcome of the hearing is a proposal to tighten up that law. Stay tuned for details and updates.