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TSCRA testifies before House Ag and Livestock Committee at State Capitol

TSCRA’s Jason Skaggs, executive director of government and public affairs, testified Monday before the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee at an interim hearing at the State Capitol. TSCRA was invited to testify specifically on the committee’s interim charge of evaluating challenges and threats to the Texas cattle industry.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2016

TSCRA applauds lesser prairie-chicken decision

TSCRA is happy that cattlemen have been freed from the hassles that would have come if the threatened species designation for the lesser-prairie chicken had remained intact. KGNC News Now‘s James Hunt talked to TSCRA’s Jason Skaggs, executive director of government and public affairs, about the Obama administration’s decision to not appeal the chicken’s delisting. Click […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... May 20, 2016

TSCRA submits comments on USDA brucellosis and tuberculosis rule proposal

TSCRA submitted comments Monday expressing concerns with the U. S. Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) rule proposal regarding the agency’s updated provisions on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis. “The health and well-being of cattle across the country are critical to the entire beef industry,” said TSCRA President Richard Thorpe. “It is for this reason that TSCRA opposes efforts by USDA-APHIS to finalize this rule for adoption until concerns regarding the effectiveness and practical application of this rule have been adequately addressed.

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 17, 2016

TDA files Amicus Brief in support of Texas landowners in Red River land dispute

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, in support of Texas landowners fighting against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) attempt to seize land along the Red River without compensation.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 12, 2016

Eminent domain: TSCRA seeks lawmakers’ help

In KGNC News Now’s weekly report, TSCRA Director Leslie Kinsel talks about efforts to get better protections for landowners’ rights. Listen to the interview at KGNC…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 04, 2016

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: The Condemnation Process

There are many stories of citizens’ land being condemned by public or private entities using the power of eminent domain, and the stories are generally not good. In this month’s Cattlemen’s Column, TSCRA Director and past Chair of the Legislative and Tax Committee Leslie Kinsel talks willing buyers and willing sellers when it comes to eminent domain proceedings.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Apr 29, 2016

Legal brief filed in Red River landowners’ lawsuit

Source: Office of Mac Thornberry U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, along with Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 19 representatives filed an amicus brief March 30 in the case of Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 31, 2016

TSCRA Legislative & Tax Committee chair testifies  on eminent domain at state capitol

TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee Chair Leslie Kinsel testified on eminent domain issues before the Senate State Affairs Committee Tuesday in Austin. Kinsel stressed the need for the legislature to strengthen current laws that govern the use of eminent domain to better protect landowners’ private property rights. She also mentioned a survey  that TSCRA and […]

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 29, 2016

Please tell us how Important private property rights are to you

Strengthening private property rights is a top priority for TSCRA. After visiting with many members and landowners across Texas, it’s clear that our state’s eminent domain laws need serious reform. TSCRA welcomes your input and involvement on eminent domain issues as we prepare for the upcoming 85thTexas legislative session. In an effort to collect information from private property owners, we are asking for you to participate in a survey. The data we receive from those who complete this survey will be extremely useful as we work on important eminent domain issues.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 24, 2016

Cattlemen’ Column: TSCRA remains active on state issues during interim

In the March edition of the Cattlemen’s Column, TSCRA President Pete Bonds outlines how TSCRA is working through the interim to ensure we are prepared to make the 85th Texas legislative session a success for Texas ranchers and landowners. The 85th Texas Legislature will convene on Jan. 10, 2017, but there is still much to do regarding issues such as eminent domain, water and property rights, transportation and taxes.

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Mar 03, 2016