The Texas Senate has approved sweeping eminent domain reform for the state that includes:
- Criteria for courts to follow to determine good faith negotiations.
- Creates a “Truth in Condemnation Procedures Act” which requires a bona fide offer in writing.
- Requires any condemnation procedure to be done in public and by a record vote.
- Allows a property owner or their heirs to repurchase condemned property, at the original price paid for the property, if it is not utilized for public use after a 10 year period.