Let’s kick off 2021 with the latest in eminent domain news from around Texas.
Eminent domain bills filed in 87th Texas Legislature
Source: Texas Farm Bureau
Farmers, ranchers and property owners across the Lone Star State continue to struggle with unfair processes when dealing with eminent domain in Texas. As a result, eminent domain reform remains a top legislative priority issue for Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).
And this legislative session, two bills have already been filed by Rep. DeWayne Burns of Johnson County to address some of these issues, according to TFB Associate Legislative Director Joy Davis.
Judge to U.S. attorney: Will government still take land for border wall?
Source: Corpus Christi Caller Times
A federal magistrate has ordered the federal government to state whether it intends to pursue efforts to take a small parcel of land in Laredo for construction of a border barrier in light President Joe Biden’s decision to pause the Trump administration project.
“The Court is concerned that the Administration’s shift in policy may likewise signal a shift in the Government’s posture toward negotiations for acquiring a right of entry from (the Laredo landowner) and other property owners,” Magistrate John A. Kazen wrote in his order handed down Friday.
All border wall construction projects must stop by Wednesday, contractors are told
Source: Fox 59
All border wall contractors have been notified that they must stop construction by Wednesday to comply with orders from the Biden administration, a South Texas lawmaker told Border Report.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, vice chairman of the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, said Monday he was informed that contractors have been told that they must wrap up all operations and stop construction on the border wall along the Southwest border with Mexico by Jan. 27. Although some activity may continue for safety reasons where it is necessary, analysts say.