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Editor's Letter - May 2016


Tell Us About Your Eminent Domain Experiences

by Ellen H. Brisendine

If you have had private property taken under the power of eminent domain, please take the Eminent Domain Survey at

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is working with other landowner groups to gather information about how landowners have been treated in this process. Our leaders hear repeatedly from members who feel taken advantage of and helpless in the face of a condemning authority.

One of TSCRA’s priorities going into the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature is to work for measures to protect the interests of private landowners. We need to know your experiences so useful solutions can be developed. Texas Wildlife Association sent a similar survey to its members and more landowner groups may follow suit soon.

Read more about the survey in Leslie Kinsel’s column on page 80. Kinsel chairs the TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee. In late March, she was invited to testify before the Senate State Affairs Committee on the issue of eminent domain. She shared her family’s experiences with the committee members and now shares them with our readers.

If you would like to be more involved in the policy work of TSCRA, then come to the Summer Meeting and the Policy Conference in the fall. The TSCRA Summer Meeting is next month, June 16 to 18 at La Torretta Lake Resort, Montgomery. Even though we will have a somewhat relaxed meeting schedule, all of the TSCRA standing committees will meet. Since we had a change in the officer team at the 2016 Cattle Raisers Convention, we have a new set of committee chairs and vice chairs heading the summer committee meetings. Find details about the Summer Meeting here.

Policy discussions will continue at the TSCRA Policy Conference, Sept. 28 to 30, at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol. This event is designed with a more aggressive meeting schedule. All TSCRA members are welcome to attend. Informed speakers on public policy issues are invited to educate the committees and committee members are allowed ample time to thoroughly discuss the sometimes thorny issues. Since the Texas Legislature will meet just a few months after the Policy Conference, your participation in this event is even more important.

Look for the Eminent Domain Survey button at or click here to start the survey. Your participation greatly helps your fellow association members to make informed decisions.

"Conversations" is from the May 2016 issue of The Cattleman magazine.