Author Topic: Texas Eminent Domain Reform Senate Bill 421 was shot down in the Texas Legislature.  (Read 192 times)

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Texas is experiencing a rapid surge in economic activity, population growth and infrastructure needs. That growth has meant new oil and gas pipelines, large diameter water pipelines, roads, railways and high-voltage-power lines all across the state. But to obtain the land from property owners, pipeline companies, government agencies and electric-transmission companies rely on the power of eminent domain and the condemnation process.

Eminent domain is the power of the government to take a landowner’s property for a public purpose. Condemnation is the process by which a landowner’s property is taken. Property owners have a constitutional right to just compensation under the constitutions of both Texas and the United States. After the abuse of eminent domain in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), substantial reform efforts have been attempted by landowner groups throughout the country and Texas. During the 86th Texas Legislature (2019), Texas once again failed to pass meaningful eminent-domain reform for the third straight legislative session. The proposed reform bills, Senate Bill 421 and House Bill 991, were watered down after coming out of the House Committee. As a result, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and other supporters of the reform efforts were left unable to support the weakened bills, instead holding out for meaningful change. How did we get here?
Historically, it is the government that is attempting to take property—for new roads, highways and other infrastructure projects. However, governments now delegate their power of eminent domain to private, for-profit companies.
This is a travesty on many levels.

Ironic that the state which prides itself on individual ownership and freedom caved into special interests instead.
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Watching Senate Bill 421 and it’s bad eminent domain language

May 18, 2019 – TRA Austin –

Week 18 in the Texas legislature and you never know when something bad can still  rear it’s head.

After it was approved in the Senate, SB 421 is winding its way through the House and was voted out of the House Land & Resource Management Committee Thursday.  It explicitly excludes high-speed rail from a 10 year moratorium that is imposed on other infrastructure providers. This is a troubling policy issue relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority. We will see if there are enough votes if and when it is approved by the full House.

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This is a travesty on many levels.

Ironic that the state which prides itself on individual ownership and freedom caved into special interests instead.

Indeed! VERY sad.

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