I spoke to several hundred members of the Texas Farm Bureau today in San Marcos as they gathered for the Summer Commodity Conference. The lack of meaningful eminent domain reform was very much on their minds, as was the “cap and trade” legislation that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 219-212 vote.
The Texas Farm Bureau’s members worked extremely hard during this last legislative interim to build a grassroots and legislative consensus on meaningful eminent domain reform. At issue is the need to compensate landowners for loss of access and ensure negotiations are held in good faith. While they are disappointed and want to continue to push for these critically needed items, Farm Bureau members are pleased about the passage of House Joint Resolution 14, which will amend our state’s constitution to prohibit the condemnation of land for private use.
HJR 14 is on the ballot for Texas voters this November, and until then, I will work diligently for its passage. I appreciate Rep. Frank Corte and Sen. Bob Duncan for their work on this constitutional amendment.