AUSTIN – February 21, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Representative Van Taylor filed HB 1496, which will amend state law to include a land owner’s mineral rights in the definition of private real property. Current law protects only the property rights of surface owners, this bill expands provisions to any action a municipality may take regarding mineral interests.
“For too long municipalities have taken away mineral interests of Texans,” Rep. Taylor said. “HB 1496 requires municipalities to permit the reasonable development of a mineral interest or compensate the owner for the burden/prohibition.”
“We applaud Representative Taylor for filing House Bill 1496. This legislation is true property rights reform that will protect the rights of land owners to develop their mineral interests or compensate them for the denial of access to their property,” said Roy Morris, Chairman of Texans for Property Rights. “Representative Van Taylor is a true defender of property rights and we are very pleased that he has filed House Bill 1496.”
Representative Van Taylor is a decorated Marine Corps Officer and a successful businessman. He is serving his second term as State Representative for House District 66. As a committed fiscal conservative, Rep. Taylor is committed to reducing the cost and size of state government while increasing economic opportunity and quality of life for residents in Texas.
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