“No no one testified against it, TXDOT never said they were gonna go broke, cities, counties, cause they didn’t even apply to cities and counties, they only applied to state highway systems, and so therefore no one ever said it was gonna cost too much money, and even if it did, it’s your private property.”

SENATOR GLENN HEGAR MAINTAINS THE LAW WORKED PRETTY WELL BEFORE A 1995 COURT DECISION.

“The state did not go broke prior to 1995, when that was the law. Is it private property rights, or is it the interest of saving every single penny you can in tax dollars, now I’m as frugal as they come, but with that being said I think the argument completely falls apart when you say in the interest of saving one dollar we can take your property for nothing.”

HEGAR WORRIES THAT THE LINE BETWEEN PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE PUBLIC GOOD COULD BECOME FUZZY.

“If you can take my farm and give me nothing for it, for either the land or the access that I lost, so that I can’t use my farm any more, the next thing you know it’s your house too.”

AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINES IN THE STATE, AND HEGAR BELIEVES HIS BILL PROVIDED NECESSARY PROTECTION TO AG PRODUCERS.

“It’s frustrating at times, but at times there’s a lot of bad stuff that doesn’t pass too, so you gotta take both together. The fact that I think that diminished access, you should be compensated for that, or you should just be given access, that’s the easy part. Just give you access back, and we have no problem, period.”

THE GOVERNOR AND SOME AT TXDOT SAY HEGAR’S BILL WOULD MAKE PROJECTS LIKE THE TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR TOO EXPENSIVE.

“I say, wait, the taxpayer is the property owner also, and last time I checked the state and the nation was founded on private property rights. It wasn’t founded on saving state government money.”

SENATOR HEGAR SAYS HE AND OTHER LEGISLATORS PLAN ON DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE AGAIN NEXT SESSION. I’M JOE BROWN, LOOKING AT BRAZOS VALLEY AGRICULTURE, FROM THE GROUND UP.


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