The Texas Comptroller’s office has launched a statewide online eminent domain database. This database will show entities who have exercise dthe power of eminent domain. “This is clearly an area in which transparency is absolutely essential,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Knowing who can use eminent domain is the first step to ensuring that this potentially oppressive power is used wisely.”
The database contains 5,042 entities, including cities, counties, school districts, special purpose districts, pipeline and energy companies, water supply corporations, telecommunications companies and other public and private entities. The database includes each entity’s name and contact information and reported eminent domain information, including
- the date upon which the entity claims to have been authorized to exercise eminent domain authority;
- whether the entity filed a condemnation petition in calendar 2015;
- the projects or purposes for which the entity holds eminent domain authority; and
- the provisions of the law granting that authority.