81R1686 PMO-D
 
  By: Nichols S.B. No. 219
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private
  property for recreational purposes.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 2206, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Section 2206.002 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2206.002.  PROHIBITION OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR
  RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.  (a) This section applies to the use of
  eminent domain under the laws of this state, including a local or
  special law, by any governmental or private entity, including:
               (1)  a state agency, including an institution of higher
  education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code;
               (2)  a political subdivision of this state; or
               (3)  a corporation created by a governmental entity to
  act on behalf of the entity.
         (b)  Notwithstanding any other law, a governmental or
  private entity may not take private property through the use of
  eminent domain if the taking is for a recreational purpose.
         (c)  This section does not affect the authority of an entity
  authorized by law to take private property through the use of
  eminent domain for a purpose listed in Section 2206.001(c) unless
  the purpose is considered a recreational purpose under Subsection
  (d).
         (d)  For the purposes of this section, "recreational
  purpose" includes:
               (1)  a parks and recreation system, or improvements or
  additions to a parks and recreation system, including sidewalks, or
  an area or facility that is part of a parks and recreation system;
  and
               (2)  a park, greenbelt, or trail.
         (e)  This section does not affect the authority of a
  governmental entity to condemn a leasehold estate on property owned
  by the governmental entity.
         (f)  The determination by the governmental or private entity
  proposing to take the property that the taking does not involve an
  act or circumstance prohibited by Subsection (b) does not create a
  presumption with respect to whether the taking involves that act or
  circumstance.
         SECTION 2.  Section 21.103(a), Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided in Subsection (b) of this section,
  the department may acquire park sites, including property already
  devoted to public use, by purchase [, condemnation,] or any other
  manner permitted by law.
         SECTION 3.  Sections 13.305 and 21.103(c), Parks and
  Wildlife Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 4.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to the taking of private property by eminent domain for which a
  condemnation petition is filed on or after the effective date of
  this Act. A taking for which a condemnation petition is filed
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect immediately before that date, and that law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.