SB 1812 — Eminent Domain Transparency
In 2015 the 84th Legislature passed Senate Bill 1812, a transparency bill that mandates the Comptroller of Public Accounts to create an online eminent domain database. SB 1812, Government Code, Section 2206.151-157, requires public and private entities with eminent domain authority to report specific information to the Comptroller for posting.
In accordance with the legislation, the Comptroller's office developed an electronic reporting form to enable entities or their third-party representatives to submit the required information starting in December, 2015.
Entities will use the reporting form to submit an updated report to the Comptroller’s office by February 1 of each year. The annual reporting period is from November 1 to February 1, but reports may also be updated at any time throughout the year.
Log into eSystems now to file or update your report in compliance with SB 1812. Once logged in, click on "Eminent Domain Report" under "Reporting" to begin the submission process.
SB 1812 requires the Comptroller's office to collect and post the following information online:
- the entity's full legal name;
- the entity's address and public contact information;
- the name and contact information of the appropriate officer, or other person, representing the entity;
- the type of entity;
- the legal provision(s) granting the entity's eminent domain authority;
- the focus or scope of the eminent domain authority granted to the entity;
- the earliest date the entity had authority to exercise the power of eminent domain;
- the entity's taxpayer identification number, if any;
- whether the entity exercised its eminent domain authority in the preceding calendar year by filing a condemnation petition under Section 21.012, Property Code; and
- the entity's Internet website address or, if the entity does not operate an Internet website, contact information to enable the public to obtain information from the entity.
The reporting form features standardized choices. For example, the focus or scope of an entity's eminent domain authority in item 6 includes choices such as water infrastructure and electric utilities. The legal provisions in item 5 are available to select by code and section.
Download our list of provisions (PDF, 339K) that are available in the online form to plan for item 5 before starting the submission process.
Please note that this is a list of commonly cited provisions pursuant to SB 18 and may not represent all provisions regarding eminent domain authority. Options to enter other provisions not listed in this document are available in the reporting form.
For questions regarding SB 1812, please email us at email@example.com or call Ty Myrick, Transparency Analyst, at 512-463-4581.
As required by Government Code, Chapter 2206, Subchapter D, the Comptroller’s office will post an online database containing entities’ eminent domain information by September 1, 2016. Check back soon for more information on the Comptroller’s online eminent domain database.
Senate Bill 18 was a previous eminent domain bill passed by the 2011 Legislature requiring entities to report to the Comptroller's office regarding their eminent domain authority via certified mail. Please visit the Comptroller's SB 18 web page for more information on the bill or the SB 18 Lookup Tool to view entities that reported to the Comptroller's office in response to it.