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House Committee on Land and Resource Management - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Anna Mowery, Chair
Rob Orr, Vice Chair
John Zerwas, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Dan Barrett
William "Bill" Callegari
Robert "Robby" Cook
Yvonne Davis
Charlie Geren
Joe C. Pickett
Allan Ritter
• Examine the authority of the General Land Office, the School Land Board, and similar state agencies to engage in various types of real estate transactions, and determine the appropriateness of this authority.
• Observe and study ongoing litigation and actions by condemning authorities in light of the Kelo decision and make recommendations for changes in eminent domain law needed to protect private property rights. Specifically, examine the body of law used to determine the amount of compensation property owners receive when their land is condemned, in whole or part, and determine the appropriateness of this scheme as compared to others.
• Research annexation practices in the state to determine whether municipalities are abiding by both the spirit and the letter of the state's annexation laws, thereby maintaining a proper balance between municipal governments and individual residents.
• Examine the effectiveness of the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act (Chapter 2007, Government Code).
• Study and evaluate policies held by other states in relation to how they treat wind resources as a property right.
• Examine recent attempts by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Evaluate the current relationship between and possible conflicts related to regulatory authority expressly given to state agencies by the legislature and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on County Affairs.)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Charges issued by the Speaker November 30, 2007.

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