Protecting Landowner Rights
TREAD will be partnering with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Wildlife Association to support enhanced land owner rights.
What is eminent domain?
Eminent domain allows the government or private companies to take private land for public use. This is called a “taking.” Examples of this include takings of private property for oil & gas pipelines, energy transmission lines, or rail lines. When private property is seized for government or private use it is considered “condemned” through a condemnation process. The condemning entity must give the property owner just compensation (typically, the fair market value at the time of the taking); however, landowners are generally powerless to stop the condemnation process once an entity is granted authority to take a property.
What can be done to give landowners a voice?
1) Mandate a public meeting to ensure property owners understand the process and can have their question answered.
2) Stipulate minimum protections that must be present in the contract.
3) Hold condemners accountable if they offer property owners less compensation than they are owed.
What can you do?
Stay tuned to TREAD for more information on this issue. In the meantime, you can write your legislators to express your support for these bills!