Honorable Robert Duncan, Chair, Senate Committee on State Affairs
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3057 by Callegari (Relating to the acquisition of real property for public use.), As Engrossed
The bill would amend the Local Government Code regarding procedures a municipality must follow when identifying property as having the characteristics of blight and before exercising powers of eminent domain.
The bill would amend the Property Code to require a department, agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision of this state to provide a relocation advisory service for an individual, family, business concern, farming or ranching operation, or nonprofit organization being displaced by the exercising of powers of eminent domain. This state or a political subdivision of this state would be required to pay moving expenses and rental supplements, make relocation payments, provide financial assistance to acquire replacement housing, and compensate for expenses incidental to the transfer of the property if an individual, family, business concern, farming or ranching operation, or nonprofit organization would be displaced in connection with acquisition of property. Under current statute, payment of these costs by the state or political subdivisions acquiring the property is optional.
Based on the analysis of the Texas Department of Transportation, it is assumed the provisions of the bill would result in increased costs for the acquisition of highway right of way through condemnation. Because the factors considered in evaluating the financial or economic damages to the owner of the property to be condemned would vary by case, any additional costs or negative fiscal implications to the state cannot be determined.
The bill would take effect immediately if it were to receive the required two-thirds vote in each house; otherwise, it would take effect September 1, 2007.
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