Lawmakers mull tweaks to eminent domain law to favor landowners

  • April 8, 2016
  • News

State lawmakers next session may renew an age-old clash between two intrinsically Texan values: property rights and energy interests.

The Senate Committee on State Affairs heard testimony Tuesday on whether to tighten eminent domain laws to benefit landowners battling pipeline companies, electric utilities, public agencies or other entities seeking to condemn land their land for public use.

Ahead of the 2017 legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick charged lawmakers with studying whether landowners were being fairly compensated for lost property.

The discussion comes as property rights skirmishes persist across Texas, including Big Bend-area landowners’ long-shot effort to thwart the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline through the largely untouched region… Read more from the Texas Tribune