Dear Fellow Texans,
In Texas, a family’s home is their castle and there was a time when we protected our home and property with our lives. In 1836, Texans stood together in defiance of an oppressive government, one that was attempting to trample their rights as citizens. Unfortunately, rural and urban Texans today face a very similar problem in the form of eminent domain.
Last November, Texans took the first step toward strengthening private property rights against abusive eminent domain by passing Proposition 11 with an overwhelming 81% of the vote. While passage of Proposition 11 was a good first step, true eminent domain reform will only happen when additional protections are passed into law.
Now the legislature needs to complete eminent domain reform by also passing additional reforms that establish stricter penalties for not negotiating in good faith; demand adequate compensation for loss of access; provide a 10-year buy back provision for land that isn’t used; and clarify that eminent domain must only be exercised for public use.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says in part: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." This is one of the founding principles our country was built on, and I need your help to ensure the Texas Legislature finishes the job.
A fair and equitable solution exists to this problem, and it begins with you. Will you exercise your rights and help protect Texas? Please click here to read and sign my petition and send the message: "In Texas, a family’s home is their castle" and it will be protected from injustice of any kind.
May God Bless Texas,
P.S. Every Texas homeowner, neighborhood association and landowner needs to unite against abusive eminent domain.