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Legislative Alert
May 20, 2015 
Unfortunately, SB 474 was left pending in the House Land and Resource Management Committee, last night . After hours of testimony Chairman Deshotel left the bill pending rather than allowing a vote. The bill will likely remain pending and die in committee unless it is voted from committee, tomorrow.

The landowner and property rights groups met significant opposition. The “condemnor” lobby came out in full force – pipeline associations, energy groups, urban municipalities – all testified against the bill.

They claimed SB 474 would:

  • cause an “explosion” of litigation
  • it’s “trial lawyer’s dream”
  • cause taxes to increase because of higher land acquisition costs
  • eminent domain is a burden to them

A few even recommended that the payment of legal fees should work both ways. BOTH WAYS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM YOU?!

 

If you would like to hear the testimony, please click on this link:

http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=37&clip_id=11234

 

The bill has stalled and unless your State Representative gets motivated to ask Chairman Deshotel and the committee members to move the bill.

 

EVERY STATE REPRESENTATIVE THAT SAYS THEY SUPPORT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS SHOULD CO-SPONSOR SB 474! PLEASE ASK THEM TO BE A CO-SPONSOR.

 

Why is SB 474 important?

  • SB 474 protects landowners from being offered less than fair market value when their land is being condemned.
  • The bill requires condemnors to pay the landowner’s attorney fees and other costs if the court awards the landowner more than 20% above the final offer made by the condemning entity.
  • This bill protects landowners by strengthening their ability to negotiate fair compensation. Some condemners knowingly offer less than fair market value assuming the landowner cannot afford litigation.
  • Landowners deserve better protection of their constitutional right to receive fair compensation.

Thank you to everyone who called or emailed your State Representatives. Thank you to State Senator Louis Kolkhorst and State Representative Cindy Burkett for authoring this legislation.

Respectfully submitted by your EWA Legislative Committee,

Marida Favia del Core Borromeo, Chairman

Terry Caffey, Gib Lewis, Todd Franks,
Chas. Schreiner IV, Bruce Fairchild