Texas Senate passes private property amendment

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State and local governments would face new
limits on when they can take private property under a proposed
constitutional amendment approved today.

The measure was passed by the Texas Senate.

The plan would ban taking property and giving it to a private group or developer "for the primary purpose of economic development or enhancement of tax revenues."

Supporters say the amendment would boost private property rights.

But critics say it could hamstring major public improvements, such as new airport development.

Some private property advocates say it doesn't go far enough to protect landowners.

The amendment passed the Senate on a unanimous vote and now goes
to the House, which is considering a separate amendment.

If approved in the House -- the plan would go before Texas voters in November.

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