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say that anybody who is going to deal with somebody who has good lawyers, you better lawyer up just for your own protection,” Hoelscher said. “Don’t do it alone. I’ve tried on several occasions, and I can’t say I’ve been burned, but the outcome has been probably not as good as I would have liked it to be.” During Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) Leadership Conference in January, Hoelscher talked to legisla-tors in Austin about reforming emi-nent domain laws to ensure land-owners receive a fair, or bona fide, offer for the land. “Our message has to get out,” Hoelscher said. “That’s where it’s go-ing to make the biggest impact, the legislature.” One of TFB’s priorities this ses-sion is eminent domain reform and ensuring property owners’ rights are protected through legislation that may help landowners like Hoelscher receive reimbursement for their le-gal fees and provide fair, upfront of-fers. Updates on potential eminent domain legislation are available throughout the session via TFB’s Austin Newsletter , which is available online at: http://texasfarmbureau. org/advocacy/austin-newsletter/. 6XUJHRIHPLQHQWGRPDLQOHJLVODWLRQÀOHG The Texans for Property Rights Coalition ap-plauds the filing of HB 2684 aimed at eminent do-main reform. Authored by State Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne), the legislation will help level the playing field for property owners who confront corporations and government entities with deep pockets and skilled legal teams. Reps. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Kyle Kacal (R-Bry-an) and Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) will also carry legislation offering significant improvements to cur-rent eminent domain laws. “This legislation reflects reasonable changes that many states already have in law,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “Texas should be a leader in strong and fair private property rights that allow for continued growth and economic prosperity.” The new legislation will provide for the reim-bursement of landowner expenses if they are sued by a condemnor and are ultimately awarded signif-icantly more than the final offer. It will also spell out the use and restriction details required within a condemnor’s “bona fide offer” to ensure the entity will properly use and maintain the property. These bills provide common sense reforms in sev-eral areas of concern for landowners. Additional de-tails on the coalition’s initiatives can be found on TexansForPropertyRights.com. A slew of other legislation addressing the broken eminent domain process is also being introduced. HB 2694 was filed by Kacal to improve the bona fide offer received by landowners. “As lawmakers, we have to ensure that private property owners are given a fair shot when they negotiate a deal for the use their land,” said Ashby, who is also introducing legislation. HB 2556, authored by Holland, will empower prop-erty owners and commission condemning authorities to extend fair market value offers to deserving land-owners in an effort to save the state from “frivolous administrative appeals costs by cutting out the tire-some back-and-forth of the broken process.” Led by Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas and South-western Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association, the growing Texans for Proper-ty Rights Coalition consists of 25 organizations com-mitted to the preservation of Texas’ private property rights. The coalition was organized to pursue emi-nent domain reform during the 2017 Texas legisla-tive session, and will continue to work with legisla-tors to secure the passage of these bills and others proposed in the house and senate that address the need for reform. Got posts? We’ve got the driver. Powerful driving force M ARCH 17 , 2017 Q Q Drives most types of posts up to 3.5” in diameter Runs off any small air compressor Portable, lightweight, easy to use Designed & manufactured by a rancher Q Q Q fencepostdriver.com | 800.980.7599 Starting at $450 7

Surge of Eminent Domain Legislation Filed

The Texans for Property Rights Coalition applauds the filing of HB 2684 aimed at eminent domain reform. Authored by State Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne), the legislation will help level the playing field for property owners who confront corporations and government entities with deep pockets and skilled legal teams.

Reps. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Kyle Kacal (R-Bryan) and Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) will also carry legislation offering significant improvements to current eminent domain laws.

“This legislation reflects reasonable changes that many states already have in law,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “Texas should be a leader in strong and fair private property rights that allow for continued growth and economic prosperity.”

The new legislation will provide for the reimbursement of landowner expenses if they are sued by a condemnor and are ultimately awarded significantly more than the final offer. It will also spell out the use and restriction details required within a condemnor’s “bona fide offer” to ensure the entity will properly use and maintain the property.

These bills provide common sense reforms in several areas of concern for landowners. Additional details on the coalition’s initiatives can be found on TexansForPropertyRights.com.

A slew of other legislation addressing the broken eminent domain process is also being introduced.

HB 2694 was filed by Kacal to improve the bona fide offer received by landowners.

“As lawmakers, we have to ensure that private property owners are given a fair shot when they negotiate a deal for the use their land,” said Ashby, who is also introducing legislation.

HB 2556, authored by Holland, will empower property owners and commission condemning authorities to extend fair market value offers to deserving landowners in an effort to save the state from “frivolous administrative appeals costs by cutting out the tiresome back-and-forth of the broken process.”

Led by Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association, the growing Texans for Property Rights Coalition consists of 25 organizations committed to the preservation of Texas’ private property rights. The coalition was organized to pursue eminent domain reform during the 2017 Texas legislative session, and will continue to work with legislators to secure the passage of these bills and others proposed in the house and senate that address the need for reform.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Surge+of+Eminent+Domain+Legislation+Filed/2736933/392072/article.html.

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