Texas Beach Access Bill Clears State Legislature

Law360, Houston (May 21, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT) -- The Texas Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would temporarily allow residents to cross privately owned property when necessary to access the state’s beaches following a hurricane, in an effort to limit the impact of a Texas Supreme Court ruling that restricts public beach easements.

Responding to a ruling that public beach easements do not “roll” landward and may be lost by the advancing ocean, the state Senate voted in favor of H.B. 3459, which empowers the state’s General Land Office to declare a temporary 200-foot...
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