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There is no significant fiscal implication to the State or local government.
The bill would amend the Special District Local Laws to permit certain municipal utility districts,
utility districts,and water control and improvement districts to exercise eminent domain if the
district submits a letter to the Comptroller of Public Accounts by December 31, 2015. Despite the
expiration of eminent domain authority under Section 2206.101(c), Government Code,a district
would have eminent domain authority on or after the 90th day following the submittal of the letter
to the Comptroller.
Generally we are concerned about the use of eminent domain and would support the full expiration of eminent domain authority. In the case of Multiple Utility Districts limited powers of eminent domain are necessary for the construction of new residential areas and do not represent the kind of takings we oppose that violate property rights. The provisions of this bill are largely administrative and do not affirm or abridge our liberty principles, therefore we are neutral on HB 4175.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator Larry Taylor.