Time for reform of eminent domain law
Corporate entities that take property with eminent domain authority often claim the system is working. It does. For them.
Corporations with this powerful, often abused, tool are not required to follow the same rules of transparency that a government must observe. They are not required to have public meetings. Eminent domain takings in general do not mandate a good faith offer. Texas Farm Bureau has documented many cases where property owners believe they’ve been slighted in the process.
Such is the case of Taylor County couple Bill and Lynne Keys. As Bill says, “They have the right to take your land but not the right to take advantage of you.” He is right, but there is not much in Texas law to prevent it.
Read more from Russell Boening, President of the Texas Farm Bureau, with San Antonio Express-News here.