About Texans for Property Rights
Improvements have been made in past years to Texas’ eminent domain laws to better protect private property rights. The voter approved amendment to the Texas Constitution in 2009 prohibited the taking of private property for economic development, and Senate Bill 18 in 2011 made changes to the condemnation process, but eminent domain remains at the forefront of concerns for Texas landowners.
Unfortunately, Texas landowners continue to struggle with an unbalanced set of laws that are at odds with a state known for private property rights. Despite past efforts, condemning entities continue to hold an unfair advantage over landowners who are forced to sell their property without truly being made whole when their property is taken. In Texas, where about 95 percent of the land is privately owned, our legal system should better protect landowners.
Texas landowners recognize that the state’s population is growing at a rapid pace. There is an increasing need for more land for public resources such as energy and transportation. But landowners also recognize that their property rights must be better protected, not only for themselves, but also for future generations.
Texans take great pride in their land, and they don’t want to see their private property rights taken advantage of. The condemnation process is not a willing buyer and willing seller transaction. It’s a legally forced sale. Therefore, it’s necessary to make further improvements to the laws that govern the use of eminent domain so Texas landowners can have more assurance that this process is fair and respectful of their private property rights when they are forced to sell their land.
If your organization would like to get involved please contact Jeremy Fuchs with TSCRA, Marissa Patton with Texas Farm Bureau, or Joey Park with Texas Wildlife Association.
For media requests please contact Jeremy Fuchs, TSCRA, Director of Public Affairs, at 512-469-0171.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Wildlife Association
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Association of Realtors
South Texas’ Property Rights Association
Texas Forestry Association
Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas
Texas Grain Sorghum Association
Plains Cotton Growers Inc.
Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association
Texas Association of Dairymen
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Corn Producers Association of Texas
Riverside and Landowners Protection Coalition
Texas Grain and Feed Association
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas Hill Country Heritage Association
Texas Coalition for Conservation
Texas Wheat Producers Association
Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association
Tax Exchange Institute
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance