Fifteen Texas-based organizations announced the Texans for Property Rights coalition, which will lead a grassroots initiative for meaningful reform to state eminent domain laws.
More info regarding the Texans for Property Rights initiative, visit the website at www.texansforpropertyrights.com. The site includes information on the legislative efforts and serves as a place for property owners to share their eminent domain stories and sign a petition to support the effort. Look for our ‘Trans Pecos’ coverage of local Big Bend landowners, James Spriggs and Joel Nelson, sharing their story of the loss of property rights due to the Trans Pecos Pipeline.
In Texas, about 95 percent of the land is privately owned, which puts the needs of the public in direct conflict with the rights of Texas property owners. These conflicts are not willing buyer-willing seller transactions and often play out in expensive, time-consuming, stressful and unfair situations, resulting in bad outcomes for property owners.
An overview of current laws and possible improvements will also be presented by an eminent domain legal expert at these meetings.
Property rights are the cornerstone of Texas’ freedom, and they are worth the fight. It is for this reason these grassroots organizations have formed the Texans for Property Rights coalition.
The growing coalition is currently comprised of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Forestry Association, South Texans’ Property Rights Association, Texas Poultry Association, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, Independent Cattlemen’s Association, Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Corn Producers Association of Texas, Riverside & Landowners Protection Coalition, Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association, Texas Association of Dairymen and Texas Cattle Feeders Association.