One of several Texas state constitutional amendments coming up for a vote on November 3rd involves Eminent Domain Restrictions. This amendment would restrict the state's ability to take private property for public use unless it is for a specific use or purpose. It also excludes eminent domain authority when it is considered for the purposes of economic development or increasing tax revenue.
People in favor of the amendment say it will enhance state law and and clarify it for the courts that rule on eminent domain. They also say it will close a loop hole allowing entities to take well maintained properties due to surrounding poorly maintained ones.
People against the amendment say that the law already addressed these issues and the courts need more time to address the issues before permanent changes are made to the constitution.
As real estate professionals we should take it upon ourselves to educate our clients as to the importance of getting out to vote on these important and soon to be permanent constitutional amendments.