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Gov. Perry Applauds Legislature for Protecting Private Property Rights

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Perry Applauds Legislature for Protecting Private Property Rights

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement concerning the passage of Senate Bill 7, which limits the government's ability to take property from private owners through eminent domain. The U.S. Supreme Court recently set a new legal precedent that allows government entities to seize private property for economic development purposes.

"I applaud members of the legislature for passing a bill that ensures government cannot seize private property simply to generate more tax revenue," Perry said. "I added this issue to the special session agenda because I believe that the Supreme Court overreached in its decision earlier this year. This bill provides common sense protection for every private property owner, and I will continue to work with members of the legislature to add further protections in the state constitution."

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