Legislative Victory in Texas

By
Real Estate Agent with JPAR Real Estate 486174

 

 

Of all the bills discussed, cussed and passed in this legislative session in Texas – this one is BIG. 

EMINENT DOMAIN                     

Critics of this bill said it would strengthen the rights of property owners – like that is a bad thing!!!

The “critics” could not possibly be certified land owners, but they are certifiably nuts.

The bill that further tightens state and local governments’ ability to invoke eminent domain was signed into law June 1. Here are some of the ways it better protects property owners:

  • It requires government entities to make reasonable purchase offers to landowners for their property.
  • It allows property owners to buy back their land at the original price 10 years later if it hasn’t been used by then.
  • It adds criteria that agencies must meet before declaring eminent domain over private property.

Finally and thankfully

Comments (4)

Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Well, I would respond by saying I don't know all the facts so I can't determine if it is great or not.

Jun 11, 2011 11:27 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

I'd be interested to know the new criteria that has to be met. We have a case in my town where a land owner's refusal to sell is slowing down a necessary expansion to the military base and costing the area hundreds of jobs.

Jun 11, 2011 11:37 AM
Anne Edwards Johnson
JPAR Real Estate - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

Don

Coming from a sixth generation TEXAN on the SAME land -- this is a GOOD piece of legislation.

Jun 11, 2011 11:40 AM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Anne
To have a six generation link to the same land is a wonderous thing (not to mention to be so familiar with your family tree) -- that is really cool.  I am from European heritage and on both sides, my grandparents imigrated to the U.S.  Our roots in Europe are fuzzy, since my grandparents were all impoverished and had only a passing recollection of their own relatives.
Have a great week, Eric 

Jun 12, 2011 06:33 PM