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Lawmakers hold hearings on Texas high-speed rail legislation

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Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 5:43 AM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) - A Texas House of Representatives committee is holding a hearing to discuss several bills that could impact the Texas high-speed rail project.

The company Texas Central plans to build a high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas, which would run through the Brazos Valley. Specifically, the Texas Central rail would place a station in Grimes County.

The public hearing of the Land & Resource Management committee begins at 8 a.m. Monday, March 30. The hearing will likely last all day.

The committee will be hearing testimony on the following bills:

HB 1200: Relating to clarification of the law regarding the regulation of historic or culturally significant structures, objects, sites, or districts by certain municipalities.

HB 3312: Relating to the disposition of real property acquired for high-speed rail projects.

HB 3633: Relating to establishing a High-Speed Rail Legislative Review Committee; authorizing a fee.

HB 2041: Relating to the disclosure of appraisal reports in connection with the use of eminent domain authority.

HB 2044: Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity.

HB 448: Relating to the right of property owners to file complaints against certain entities regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas regarding alleged misconduct by the entities while exercising eminent domain authority; providing a civil penalty.

HB 3385: Relating to a landowner’s bill of rights statement in connection with the acquisition of real property through eminent domain.

HB 901: Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.

HB 2730: Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.

The entire hearing will be streamed live. Click here and select the Land & Resource Management committee.

More details on the committee hearing can be found here.

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