Proposed Bill Could Change Eminent Domain In Texas

sky.jpgProposed bill 243 would change the way that the State of Texas handles Eminent Domain proceedings. 

Eminent Domain, or condemnation, allows for the government to take private property for public use. Currently, a landowner can only challenge the taking of their land after the State initiates condemnation proceedings. Under the proposed Bill, the property owner may be entitled to a hearing before the state initiates condemnation proceedings. The landowner would need to file a petition with the commissioner's court within 30 days of receiving the final offer from the state. If the landowner files this petition, the commissioner's court must hold a hearing to determine whether to approve the condemnation. If a majority of the commissioners court does not approve the condemnation, the State could not initiate a condemnation proceeding.

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