Article 1 - BILL OF RIGHTSSection 17 - TAKING, DAMAGING, OR DESTROYING PROPERTY FOR PUBLIC USE; SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES; CONTROL OF PRIVILEGES AND FRANCHISES
No person's property shall be taken, damaged or destroyed for or applied to public use without
adequate compensation being made, unless by the consent of such person; and, when taken, except
for the use of the State, such compensation shall be first made, or secured by a deposit of money;
and no irrevocable or uncontrollable grant of special privileges or immunities, shall be made; but all
privileges and franchises granted by the Legislature, or created under its authority shall be subject
to the control thereof.