Sen. Lois Kolkhorst Announces SB421 on Eminent Domain Reform Has Failed This Session
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst announced on May 26 that her bill, SB 421, aimed at reforming the eminent domain process to protect landowners had failed. Sen. Kolkhorst issued a press release stating: “Unfortunately, SB 421 was referred to the House Committee on Land & Resource Management where its
Chairman, State Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland), seized the legislation from its original House sponsor State Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne). Craddick then severely weakened SB 421 to the benefit of condemning authorities. The language of the House version would have turned back the clock for landowners and greatly harmed them.