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There is no significant fiscal implication to the State.
There could be a fiscal impact to local entities; however the amount cannot be determined. The fiscal impact on a local entity would vary depending on which applicable rural rail transportation districts exercise eminent domain and the amount of land obtained.
05/18/2015 We still oppose HB 1422 in the second chamber. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Zaffirini.
This bill would abridge the principles of limited government and property rights. Many districts unnecessarily possess eminent domain power and this is an often abused power of government and affects property rights. The San Patricio County Rural Rail Transportation District's eminent domain power expired due to the district's own inaction and noncompliance with state law. We see no compelling need to restore eminent domain power for this district. For this reason, we oppose HB 1422.