Thursday, Governor Rick Perry spoke at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock about property owners' need for protection from eminent domain. Perry addressed legislation co-authored by Lubbock State Sen. Robert Duncan.
The bill would require an offer to land owners based on an appraisal. Only when a good faith offer has been rejected would the government be able to take land by eminent domain. Perry says this would prevent "lowball" offers to take land.
Other protections include a recorded vote on exactly what the property would be used for, and bill would give the owner the chance to buy the property back at the price paid for it if the land is not used within ten years.
The bill has not yet been approved by the House. Perry encouraged its passage.
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