The Land and Resource Management Committee suspended rules on April 13th to allow a hearing for HB 3620. Chance Sparks, AICP, CNU-A was able to prepare testimony for the hearing and represented the Texas Chapter's interests on the matter. Read his testimony here. Contact Chance Sparks for any additional information.

 

H.B. 3620 (Isaac) – Real Property (Referred to Land & Resource Management as of 03/24/2015)

Would provide that a city authorized by other law to acquire, by purchase or exercising the power of eminent domain, real property located outside the corporate boundaries and extraterritorial jurisdiction may not do so unless: (1) if the property is located within the corporate boundaries or extraterritorial jurisdiction of another city, the purchasing city obtains written consent for the acquisition from city in which the property is located; waives its right to exempt the property from ad valorem taxes; or agrees to make a payment in lieu of taxes in accordance with the bill; or (2) if the property is located in the unincorporated area of the county and not in the extraterritorial Page 17 of 44 jurisdiction of a city, the purchasing city, the purchasing city obtains written consent for the acquisition from county; waives its right to exempt the property from ad valorem taxes; or agrees to make a payment in lieu of taxes in accordance with the bill.