The League is FOR Senate Bill 474, introduced by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). The companion bill in the House is HB 3339 introduced by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Garland). This terrific bill will begin to level the playing field on eminent domain proceedings between landowners and condemning authorities by awarding attorney's fees for those landowners who industry gives low ball offers to, hoping the landowner will not have the resources to go to court.
Read Senator Kolkhorst's explanation for the bill here.
Click here to listen to the audio of the March 9 hearing. (There was an error in the actual video, so only audio is available). You might particularly like hearing these folks' at these times in the tape: League Board Member, Calvin Tillman: 57:5; Landowner, Dale Davenport, 1:17:34; Landowner and Treasurer of Independent Texans, Marie Day: 1:34:55; landowner and attorney, Tom Glass, 1:36:41
Our special thanks, besides the sponsor, go to: Calvin Tillman who came down all the way from Denton County for this hearing, and who continues to lead our efforts on eminent domain reform. Also, special thanks to Marie Day, who came in from Lavaca County, Tom Glass, and Dale Davenport, who has been fighting unfair eminent domain condemnations in Dallas and Farmer's Branch with his dad.
Please send a note of thanks to Senator Kolkhorst: Lois.Kolkhorst@senate.state.tx.us.
SB 474 is currently in the Senate State Affairs Committee listed below. Click on the name to be taken to their website. Please do not just email them. If at all possible, please call their offices to ask for a staffer that can tell you what the Senator's position is on SB 474. If they support it, thank them and if they don't, ask them to clarify their concerns. Please pass this information back to us at email@example.com or call us at 512-213-4511.
Chair: Sen. Joan Huffman
Vice Chair: Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Brandon Creighton (co-author of this bill -- if you're a constituent, call to thank him.)
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Judith Zaffirini