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Pitts Files Bill to Limit Eminent Domain PDF Print E-mail

AUSTIN - Texas House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts today introduced legislation to protect property rights by strictly limiting eminent domain.

The Pitts bill, House Bill 1483, will protect landowners and hold the taking of private land to a much higher standard. Texas began the process of limiting eminent domain in 2006 with the passing of Senate Bill 7. However, that legislation, passed quickly after the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in City of New London V. Kelo, does not do enough to adequately protect Texas landowners from seizure of their property through eminent domain proceedings.

Rep. Pitts to Chair Appropriations Committee PDF Print E-mail

Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) was appointed today to his second term as chair of the House Committee on Appropriations.  Representative Pitts, a nine-term incumbent, previously served as chair of the
appropriations committee in 2005.

"I am proud to have the opportunity to serve as chair of the appropriations committee once again," Pitts said.

Rep. Pitts meets with Ellis County ISD superintendents PDF Print E-mail
Henry Martinez, Ennis Daily News, December 3, 2008

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, State Rep. Jim Pitts met with the superintendents of Ellis County school districts in a meeting hosted by Ennis ISD.

Rep. Pitts spoke with the superintendents on Nov. 19 about the upcoming state legislative session that is set to begin in January.

“We are grateful that Rep. Pitts took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us about many important matters that the Texas Legislature will be addressing in the upcoming session,” said Dr. Eddie Dunn, EISD superintendent.

Rep. Pitts: Texas Families Need Legislature to Reconsider Tuition Deregulation PDF Print E-mail

Prior to my election to the Texas House in 1992, I served fourteen years on the Waxahachie School Board.  When I served as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, one of my top priorities was to make sure that our public colleges and universities remained affordable for Texans.  Education has always been a passion for me.

For over a century, Texas’ public colleges and universities have given families a chance to put their children on the road to economic success.  During my first five sessions, countless numbers of my constituents have sent their children off to study in the various cities round the state that are home to our public institutions.   But in nearly every case, affordability has been a driving factor.  A degree from a public college or university in Texas was within reach of virtually any family in this state.Like many members, I had serious concerns about passing a tuition deregulation bill in 2003, but I reluctantly supported it because we faced with an enormous budget shortfall.  I believed that providing our schools with some flexibility would ease this burden, but that tuition increases should be moderated and offset by increased financial aid.  Unfortunately, we were led to believe that complete deregulation-- not moderation --was the only answer.   During the last legislative session, efforts to reign in the effects of tuition deregulation were quickly ended by House leadership. We cannot afford another session of inaction.

Rep. Pitts files first bills for 81st Legislative sesson PDF Print E-mail

AUSTIN - Representative Jim Pitts filed the first bills of his legislative agenda for the 81st session today. The legislation filed today is a result of requests and suggestions from constituents in Ellis and Hill Counties, and covers a variety of topics.

"These first pieces of legislation represent issues and concerns brought to me by constituents over the last year and a half," said Representative Pitts. "I expect to file several bills this session, but these are some of the most significant, because they have a direct impact on the lives and work of people in this district."

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