AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House is debating a bill that would limit the ability of governments to seize property using the power of eminent domain.

Under the proposed law, property could be seized under a process called “eminent domain” only it if would be put toward public use. The government would also be required to make a “bona fide” offer to buy the property. A vote is expected Wednesday.

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Lawmakers have been tinkering with the state’s eminent domain law for years as concern mounted about governments abusing their power to seize private land. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has designated the eminent domain bill a legislative emergency.

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Perry vetoed a similar bill in 2007, saying it would cost too much taxpayer money in potential litigation. He has supported other efforts.

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