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Amarillo Global News: Our view: Eminent domain reform long overdue in Texas

Posted on 03/24/2019 under News

There are few things held more sacred by Texans than private property rights. Unlike other states, the majority of land in Texas is privately owned. Because of this, eminent domain, the ability of the government (or its agent) to convert private land to public use at a fair price to the landowner, is often a point of contention.

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Eminent domain works in Texas — for the takers [Opinion]

Posted on 03/14/2019 under News

Corporate entities that use eminent domain authority to take property often claim the system is working. It does — but only for them.

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Texas Tribune: Explosions from unregulated pipelines can kill in Texas while energy companies go unpunished

Posted on 03/07/2019 under News

People can die when small rural pipelines called "gathering lines" explode. But after decades of talk among industry representatives and regulators, the death of a little girl in Texas serves as a reminder that there are still no rules

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Texas Tribune: GOP senator, oil industry clash over proposed eminent domain reforms

Posted on 03/04/2019 under News

At a public hearing on Monday, state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst — who has long tried to strengthen protections for landowners facing condemnation — challenged officials from fossil fuel groups who said her latest legislation would drag down energy production

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Senate State Affairs Committee Hearing

Posted on 03/01/2019 under Events

A priority eminent domain reform bill has been set for a hearing before the Senate Committee on State Affairs Committee at the Texas Capitol. Please come testify!

Senate State Affairs Committee Hearing Notice:  link 

Date:               Monday, March 4, 2019

Time:              9:00 AM

Location:        Texas Capitol, Senate Chamber

Directions:     Public testimony must be limited to 2 minutes

Please come testify if you’ve been impacted by eminent domain, specifically eminent domain by a private entity. Please attend to share your story and request the committee to support SB 421 by Senator Lois Kolkhorst.

 

 

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