Monday morning at the Alamo, Governor Perry signed his name to an important proposed Constitutional amendment that will protect private property rights in Texas.
"This bill represents good forward motion on the issue of eminent domain. It is the latest in an ongoing process that I believe will ultimately result in genuine Texas-style protections for private property rights," said Governor Perry.
In San Antonio today, in front of the Alamo, Governor Perry signed HJR 14, which will guarantee in the Texas Constitution unprecedented protection of private property rights from eminent domain abuse.
Governor Perry, whose family has deep agricultural roots, understands that securing private property rights through eminent domain reform is vital to keeping Texas the nation's example for personal liberty and economic growth.
"Land ownership is an essential part of Texas’ culture, and we owe it to our citizens to protect their rights as landowners and members of the community from government entities that overstep their bounds and abuse eminent domain," Governor Perry said.
The measure will go to Texas voters in November 2009 and, once approved, will give Texas the strongest private property rights it has ever had, while preventing the kinds of abuses that the Kelo v. New London U.S. Supreme Court decision opened up.
In the Kelo case, the Court ruled that government entities could use eminent domain authority for economic development projects rather than traditional public uses. HJR 14 will move Texas in the right direction and go a long way toward keeping Texas the best place in the country to live, work, and find a piece of the American Dream.
Back in January, Governor Perry stood side by side with Susette Kelo, of the infamous and troubling Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London, to announce his support for eminent domain reform in Texas.
The Governor-- who grew up in a West Texas agricultural family-- fundamentally understands the importance of private property rights, so getting HJR 14 through the legislative process and before the voters of Texas as a Constitutional amendment was an important priority of the 81st legislative session.
Watch video of the entire January press conference here:
Join Governor Perry for an important signing ceremony for the proposed Constitutional amendment, HJR 14.
WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 15 at 10am WHERE: FRONT PLAZA of the ALAMO
Come on down to the Alamo Monday morning, and get fired up to vote for enshrining protections for private property rights into the Texas Constitution!
Texas had more clean energy jobs than every other state except California and garnered more clean energy venture capital investment than most in 2007, according to a study by Pew Charitable Trusts.
The study, released Wednesday, shows that 55,646 people were employed in the clean energy industry in Texas. That's a large chunk of the 770,385 clean energy jobs nationwide. Researchers attributed Texas' success to state policies that create incentives and mandates for clean energy.
"The Texas clean energy economy is poised for incredible growth," said Pew researcher Kil Huh on a conference call Wednesday.
Pew researcher Phyllis Cuttino said, "Despite the state being an oil-producing state, it has engaged in policies that are going to grow these other sectors of the economy, which we would applaud."
Gov. Rick Perry has pointed to Texas' growth in wind energy capacity as an indication of success in the clean energy sector. Texas has more wind energy capacity than any other state, according to a 2009 American Wind Energy Association report, and is building power lines to support even more.
At the same time, he has warned Washington politicians that greenhouse gas regulations would kill jobs and economic growth here because of the large fossil fuel industry.
In 2008, the oil and natural gas industry contributed 16.5 percent of Texas' gross state product and employed 367,967 people, dwarfing the clean energy industry's numbers .
Still, according to the Pew study, Texas has attracted more jobs and investment than most states.
On June 20th from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Texans for Rick Perry is holding an important Volunteer Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas.
During this informative and engaging summit, Governor Perry will be on hand to introduce presentations from members of the Perry campaign staff. Gov. Perry's volunteers will leave the summit better prepared to help Governor Perry keep Texas the best place in the nation to live, work, and raise a family.
RSVPs are required, and space is limited, so sign up today to secure your spot.