Gov. Perry seemed confident that the bill filled by Senator Craig Estes (R- Wichita Falls) will not only be passed, but will restore safety and security of the citizens.
From 5:25 - 6:00 of the below video, Gov. Perry discusses the emergency of eminent domain:
Rep. Charles Schwertner (Georgetown), Rep. Charlie Geren (Fort Worth) and Sen. Estes are teaming up to combat this emergency.
Authored by Rep. Geren, House Bill 279 makes critical changes to Texas' eminent domain law. Under this bill:
- Government entities is prohibited from taking land for non-public use
- Entities are required to authorize the initiation of condemnation by a record vote
- Entities must make a "bona fide" offer to purchase property from the owner voluntarily
- Property owners are given an opportunity to repurchase their taken property if the land isn't being used for the stated reason or no progress has been made after 10 years.
- Michael Levy