Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rick closer to his eminent domain bill...

Rick is inching closer to being able to sign an eminent domain reform that will protect property rights (link). Excerpt follows...

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate voted Monday to expand the rights of property owners who face having their land taken by the government.

The bill by Sen. Craig Estes, a Wichita Falls Republican, would limit eminent domain land takings to projects for public use only and would require governments to make a "bona fide" offer for the property before condemnation.

A property owner would be entitled to be paid for any loss of market value if the taking impairs their access to the land they still have. Any land taking would also have to be done by a record vote in a public meeting.

Earlier this year, Rick stood beside Suzette Kelo from the Supreme Court case in New London and declared his support for an eminent domain reform bill. It looks like he's now getting much closer to being able to sign it and take credit for protecting private property rights.

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