"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Some good news:
AUSTIN — Lawmakers fielded suggestions Tuesday on how to prevent entities from “low-balling” landowners with poor financial compensation when seizing property through the power of eminent domain.Read the whole thing here.
Entities that seize land are required to pay fairly for it, but the initial offers made aren’t always fair or appropriate, said Judon Fambrough, attorney and senior lecturer at the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center.
If landowners don’t appeal or try to negotiate, Fambrough said, they may never know they didn’t get paid fairly.
Fambrough proposed several recommendations to the Senate State Affairs Committee, including requiring that entities seeking to condemn properties pay the landowner’s legal fees if their final offer is a certain percentage higher than their initial offer.
“The statutes to me don’t have the right teeth in it,” Fambrough told senators.
Lawmakers also pressed a representative from the Texas Department of Transportation about the agency’s involvement with the Houston-Dallas high-speed rail project.
The project and the private firm developing the rail have come under fire since they will be able to use eminent domain to build the rail.