The City of Tulsa may push for changes to the state’s eminent domain laws.
When those cases go to court, three commissioners put a value on the land. If there’s a jury trial, then a 12-member jury decides what it’s worth.
"If the jury verdict is less than we paid under the report of the commissioners, obviously the landowner has to repay us some money," said Senior Assistant City Attorney Mark Swiney, who handles Tulsa’s eminent domain cases. "If the jury verdict is more than the report of commissioners, then, of course, we have to pay more."