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W. Gardner Selby
By W. Gardner Selby January 14, 2011

Perry designates eminent domain and protecting private property rights as emergency issue

In an August interview with the San Angelo Standard-Times, Rick Perry said he"d  huddled with the Texas Farm Bureau and was intent on getting legislation protecting property rights passed into law.

Perry told the newspaper he would designate eminent-domain reform as an emergency topic at the start of the 2011 legislative session "so it doesn"t get bogged down in any of the last-days-of-the-session type of a problem” that can  bedevil legislation.

On Jan. 11, 2011, the first day of the session, Perry designated protecting private property rights and addressing eminent domain issues as an emergency, a move that means related legislation can be taken up in the first month of the 140-day session.

According to the Texas Constitution, lawmakers are limited in each regular session"s  first 30 days "to the introduction of bills and resolutions, acting upon emergency appropriations” and considering between-session gubernatorial appointees — plus "such emergency matters as may be submitted by the governor in special messages to the Legislature.”

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