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Relating to notice of a property owner’s rights relating to the examination or survey of property by an entity with eminent domain authority.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 552 would add information in the Landowner's Bill of Rights concerning existing rights and obligations of both the condemning entity and the landowner. This information includes the condemning entity's responsibility for any actual damages arising from a survey, the property owner's right to negotiate the terms of the survey, and the condemning entity's ability to sue to obtain a court order authorizing the survey. The bill would also require survey permission forms to clearly state the rights of the landowner and the eminent domain authority.
Texas Action recommends supporting SB 552 because it promotes the principles of limited government, property rights, and individual liberty. This bill would provide for greater transparency in the condemning process and ensure that landowner's know their rights.