Texas House Stops Bill Letting Pipeline Cos. Condemn Land

Law360, Dallas (May 3, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A procedural technicality pointed out by a Texas Democrat on Friday stopped a House bill that would have set up an administrative procedure within the Railroad Commission to determine whether pipeline companies can condemn private land, possibly fatal to the bill as the legislative session nears its close.

HB 2748, introduced in March by Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, proposes allowing the agency to grant judicially enforceable permits that would determine whether pipeline owners and operators can qualify as “common carriers” with the authority to condemn private...
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