Andrew Morriss on Eminent Domain in Texas
Texas Tribune – ICLE Academic Affiliate Andrew Morriss was quoted in a story in the Texas Tribune in a story about the eminent-domain process in the State of Texas. You can read full piece here.
Andrew Morriss, a Texas A&M law professor who specializes in eminent domain, said the state has the power to take back the property through condemnation because the land would serve a public purpose. He said parks, highways and schools are typical public benefits for which the government will seize private land.
“Texas is what is called a quick take state,” he said. “If the government wants your property and you don’t wanna sell it, too bad, they get it.”
“The argument now is gonna be about how much they have to pay for it,” he added.
Morriss said the next step is for the state to notify the developer that it will be taking the land and make an offer. Todd can agree or disagree with the amount of money he is offered. If both groups do not reach an agreement, the issue can end up in court.