Senate Research Center S.B. 1384
AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
Under current law, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is required to give homeowners 90 days during which to vacate their property and owners of income-producing properties even less notice under quick-take condemnation proceedings. In some instances, property owners are required to vacate the property before receiving any payment for the property thereby placing an additional burden on the property owner.
As proposed, S.B. 1384 gives homeowners and owners of income-producing property 365 days to vacate their property after receiving notification of the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) intention to take their property. This is an increase from the 90 days currently provided by law.
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
SECTION 1. Amends Section 203.066(d), Transportation Code, as follows:
(d) Prohibits the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) from filing a declaration of taking before the completion of certain actions, including, if the property contains any portion of a homestead, business, farm, or ranch, the completion of a written notification to the property owner that the occupants will not be required to move before the 365th, rather than 90th, day after the date of the notice and will receive, within a certain timeframe, a written notice specifying the date by which the property must be vacated.
SECTION 2. Amends Sections 203.067(a) and (b), Transportation Code, as follows:
(a) Makes conforming changes.
(b) Prohibits TxDOT from taking possession sooner than the 365th day after the date of service under Subsection (a) if the condemned property is a business, farm, or ranch. Deletes existing text prohibiting TxDOT from taking possession sooner than the 91st day after the date of service under Subsection (a).
SECTION 3. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2007.