Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

July 8, 2005
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Governor Adds Eminent Domain Issue to Special Session Call

(Austin) Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry expanded the call of the 79th Legislature's first called session to include legislation dealing with eminent domain and the seizure of private property for economic development purposes. This comes on the heels of a controversial Supreme Court ruling that would allow such practices.

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Kelo et al v. City of New London stated that governmental agencies have the right to use their eminent domain powers for economic development purposes even if the concerned property isn't blighted.

Several legislators filed legislation to restrain that authority in Texas, including SJR 9 by Sen. Kyle Janek, SJR 10 by Sen. Deuell, and HJR 19 by Rep. Frank Corte. The Governor's move to expand the call will now give the legislature the opportunity to move a bill forward.

Sen. Deuell said he looks forward to working on the issue with his fellow legislators, and complimented Governor Perry for his decision.

"I am very pleased to see Governor Perry address this issue," Deuell said. "I want to personally thank him for his leadership in an area that affects every private property owner in Texas."

"I have a great deal of respect for our Supreme Court, but I believe this decision is absolutely wrong," Deuell said. "I'm pleased to see we are all working towards a quick resolution that will protect private property rights."

"When I travel through my district, I am constantly asked about this Supreme Court decision and what we are going to do about it," Deuell said. "I am confident that the Legislature, working along with the Governor's office, will pass an effective piece of legislation that protects our citizens and their property."