Coalition of groups call for changes to SB 18 and genuine eminent domain reform
In testimony yesterday, Debra Medina of We Texans and Terri Hall of TURF pointed out some of the loopholes in SB 18, gave current examples of eminent domain abuses, submitted a substitute bill (basically language we’d like to see, see attached), which we’ve dubbed the Property Rights Protection Act, a bill summary, and our coalition letter (detailing the loopholes and concerns with SB 18) for their consideration. So now we need to work the committee members and see what changes they’ll offer. A BIG THANK YOU toMelissa Cubria and her colleagues at TexPIRG and Marc Scribner of Competitive Enterprise Institute for working on a substitute bill!
Grover Norquist joins the fight!
We’ve also added some significant signatories to our letter (see attached) opposing SB 18 as written and that have endorsed the Property Rights Protection Act (our substitute bill): Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform, Institute for Liberty, Property Rights Alliance, and Freedom Action, thanks to our friends atCompetitive Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. So we now have a coalition of 13 groups working to fix the eminent domain bill, SB 18 (see attached coalition letter for the entire list). If you or your group would like to join the coalition calling for an END to eminent domain for private gain and other eminent domain abuses, please let us know.
Property Rights Protection Act (PRPA) – What eminent domain reform should look like
Bill summary of PRPA does differently than SB 18
Please contact members of the committee to ask for “public necessity” to replace the current language in statute, which is the very weak and broad term “public purpose” (which could mean entities use eminent domain to take your home or land for just about anything that could be considered a public purpose, like a shopping mall!). Feel free to get into more detail asking for the changes we’ve highlighted in our letter to the Committee (a similar bulletin was given to every member of the Texas Legislature at TURF’s Lobby Day last week) or for the changes most important to you.
Land & Resource Management (C360)
Office: EXT E2.136
Clerk: Jaime Durham
Name-Party-District #-Office-Tel & FAX-Email address
Chair: REP. Rene Oliveira D #37 3N.6 512.463-0640 & FAX (512) 463-8186 Rene.Oliveira@house.state.tx.us
Vice-Chair: REP. Tim Kleinschmidt R #17 E2.814 512.463- 0682 & FAX (512) 463-9955 Tim.Kleinschmidt@house.state.tx.us
REP. Rodney Anderson R #106 E1.424 512.463-0694 & FAX (512) 463-1130 Rodney.Anderson@house.state.tx.us
REP. George Lavender R #1 E2.716 512.463-0692 & FAX (512) 463-0902 George.Lavender@house.state.tx.us
Yours in Liberty,
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” – John Adams