Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eminent domain bill--maybe success this time

Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, has filed Senate Bill 18 to protect landowners against eminent domain, and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has helped by giving this bill a low number so it can be considered early this session. SB 18 would keep governmental entities from taking property from citizens solely to benefit other private entities. This might be a help in the TTC situation, where the state would seize the land, but then turn it over to CINTRA.

Supposedly, the provisions of SB 18 are similar to HB 2006, which was passed by the House and Senate in the last session, but was vetoed at the last minute by Perry. Possibly SB 18 can get through early enough for legislators to override a Perry veto this time.

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