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Relating to requirements in a suit for the removal of human remains from a cemetery.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2430 would update procedures for relocating human remains located in an abandoned or rediscovered cemetery. This bill would allow the court, on petition of the owner of property on which there exists an abandoned or rediscovered cemetery, to order the removal of human remains, including to any other place on the same property that the district court finds is in the public interest. The bill would prohibit the Texas Historical Commission and the county historical commission from intervening to become parties to the suit. The court would be allowed to consult with these entities.
Texas Action supports HB 2430 which addresses an issue which is rare but nonetheless has property rights implications which the legislature is right to address. This bill would protect property rights by making the process of relocating human remains in these circumstances more efficient and protecting the property owner from having removal delayed by outside organizations.