Austin – The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 18, by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) which provides key reforms to the state’s eminent domain laws.
“Private property and the right to own and profit from it, are fundamental to not only our economic liberty, but also our personal liberty,” said Estes. “Senate Bill 18 provides meaningful eminent domain reform and strengthens the rights of property owners against the use of eminent domain by government or other condemning authorities,” said Estes.
Senate Bill 18 makes several key revisions to current law, including requiring that condemning authorities make a good faith offer before condemning procedures begin, prohibiting the taking of private property unless it is for a public use, improving notice and disclosure by condemning entities, applying condemnation rules to all condemning entities, and providing property owners with the opportunity to buy back property at the original purchase price if the taken property is not used for its public purpose in ten years. Continue reading →