Texas Rep.'s Public Beach Bills Aim To Sidestep State Justices

Law360, Houston (March 25, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT) -- A Texas lawmaker on Monday urged colleagues to adopt a pair of bills aimed at circumventing a decision by the state’s highest court limiting the state’s ability to seize private property that obstructs the public use of coastal beaches.

Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., D-Houston, told members of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management that H.B. 325 and H.J.R. 54 seek to reform the state’s Open Beaches Act through an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would allow public beach boundaries to legally shift onto...
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