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Relating to authorizing
certain real property transactions involving the Department of Public Safety of
the State of Texas.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1617 would allow the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to
do a land swap with a neighboring church in Center, Texas. Specifically, the
First United Pentecostal Church would convey its 2.724 acres of land to the DPS.
In exchange for the churches property, DPS would convey its 3.167 acres of land
to the church. Additionally, if the swap occurs, DPS would hold the mineral
rights to the 3.167 acres tract.
Lastly, both the church and DPS would be required to each
pay half of the fees and expenses to reimburse the General Land Office (GLO)
for work performed concerning this legislation.
According to the author’s intent, the First United
Pentecostal Church in Center, Texas is located next to a DPS office. The church
wants to swap lands with the DPS office because it wants to expand. DPS is open
to the idea and some believe that moving to the church property would be beneficial and amenable to all parties.
We stand neutral on HB 1617 because it does not grow or
limit our five principles of liberty.