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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Don't Particularly Understand This

It seems State Sen. Mario Gallegos is looking to kill the eminent domain bill:

Plans for the Senate to consider a bill to restrict government's power of eminent domain were put on hold this morning when an opponent of the bill, Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr., D-Houston, began a two-hour filibuster.

“As long as I can stand, I'm going to filibuster this bill,” Gallegos informed his colleagues. Shortly after, at 10:25 a.m., he began reading from a document.

Sen. Kyle Janek, R-Houston, authored the bill, which would bar government from seizing land strictly for commercial purposes...

Gallegos said he feared that the bill could “handcuff” downtown universities that want to expand their campuses. An amendment to the bill, added by the House, specifically restricts universities from seizing property to build hotels.

He acknowledged that his concern about the amendment regarding hotels for universities was not shared by officials at the University of Houston, which falls within his district.

University officials “said they're OK with it but I'm not OK with it,” he said.

I don't understand. Could someone explain?