"Why on earth would elected officials think citizens want less protection from eminent domain?"
By ANNA M. TINSLEY
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tarrant County commissioners must wait to send a letter to Gov. Rick Perry asking him to veto an eminent domain bill, because the full court must approve such a move, and one member wasn't present at Tuesday's meeting.
Even so, Arlington property owner Linda Lancaster spoke to the Commissioners Court, urging them to instead send a letter supporting the bill.
"Why on earth would elected officials think citizens want less protection from eminent domain?" she asked. "We depend on you for protection and representation."
The issue: House Bill 2006 would give landowners more rights when governments take property through eminent domain, a controversial practice in which local governments appropriate land for public projects. The bill would ensure that landowners receive good-faith offers, be compensated for damage done to adjoining property, and have a chance to buy back their land -- at the same price they received -- if it isn't needed in 10 years for the development.
The cost: Officials have said the measure could cost the state an extra $1 billion a year in transportation projects.
The status: Perry has until June 17 to sign or veto bills. Commissioners say they hope to vote on sending a letter asking for a veto Tuesday.
Roll call: Commissioner Gary Fickes was not present Tuesday, preventing the vote.
Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610
© 2007 Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
To search TTC News Archives click