Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Texas State Legislators Unanimous for Property Rights

If you like where you live and you don't want someone telling you that you must move in order for a new store to be built or so that the government can use your property to make money, you can thank your legislators in the Texas state legislature for taking further steps to protect your beloved home. Today, the Texas House voted unanimously in favor of property rights, the same vote of confidence that was given earlier by the State Senate.

The eminent domain bill would ban any governmental entity or private organization from taking private property unless it was intended for public use. The government also would have to pay relocation expenses for those landowners who were forced to move and make a good faith effort to purchase the land from its private owner before condemning the property and taking ownership of it that way.

The bill now returns to the Senate in order for that body to review and vote on some changes made by the House. Once approved by both chambers, the bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Perry.

At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who are experienced in the area of eminent domain and are ready to help you if your home is being threatened. If you believe that you are being asked to vacate your property without justification or that you are not being sufficiently compensated for such a move, we can help. And, we certainly will be following this bill as it proceeds through the final stages of becoming law so that we are ready to represent you under the new guidelines. Please contact our Austin, Houston, and San Antonio office today to discuss your case.

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