SB 626

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
Eminent Domain
Property Rights

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Brian Birdwell
Konni Burton
Brandon Creighton
Bob Hall
Don Huffines
Joan Huffman
Lois Kolkhorst
Robert Nichols
Charles Schwertner
Kel Seliger
Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the acquisition of certain real property in conjunction with the acquisition of real property for a public use through eminent domain procedures.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, the state must submit notice to a property owner whose land the state plans to seize through eminent domain. SB 626 would require the state to include in that notice an offer to acquire, from the owner, any of their other land that the state wishes to acquire outside of condemnation. This would include a statement that the other land specified in the offer is not subject to condemnation.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports the principles of limited government and private property rights by requiring the state to make an offer for other land they wish to acquire and ensuring the owner knows that land is not subject to condemnation. For this reason, we support SB 626.

Organizations Supporting

National Federation of Independent Business
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Association of Realtors
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Texas Wildlife Association

Organizations Opposed

City of San Antonio
The Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc