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Eminent Domain Passes House Test

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News
The Texas House has tentatively approved a bill that changes some eminent domain rules

The Texas House has unanimously voted to pass a bill to place stricter limits on government seizure of land through eminent domain.  But it still has one more test before it heads to Governor Rick Perry's desk.

The bill would require governmental bodies to make a "bona fide" offer to land owners and to send a letter to the State Comptroller, detailing what the land would be used for.

KUT's political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, has a full rundown on the bill and what's next.