NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: State Affairs

TIME & DATE:  8:00AM, Tuesday, April 18, 2006

PLACE: Senate Chamber

CHAIR: Senator Robert Duncan

The Committee will meet to take invited and public testimony on the
following interim charges:

Interim Charge 3
Study and make recommendations on how election officials could verify the
identity of a voter without hindering a person's right to vote.  Include an
analysis of the extent to which individuals are casting multiple votes
because of any lack of voter identification verification. Make
recommendations on how the state could improve its vote-by-mail system to
ensure the authenticity of those ballots.

Interim Charge 6
Study and review current law on the doctrine of eminent domain, including
the U.S. Supreme Court case in Kelo v. City of New London.  Monitor the
implementation of S.B. 7 (79th Legislature, 2nd Called Session) and make
any necessary recommendations as to the use of eminent domain for economic
development purposes and the issue of what constitutes adequate
compensation for property taken through the use of eminent domain.
*  Determine whether a constitutional amendment is prudent and/or necessary
to protect private property owners from condemnations for economic
development purposes.
*  Determine which state, regional, and local governmental entities have
eminent domain powers and how those powers may be used.  Make
recommendations regarding their necessity, fairness, and effectiveness.
*  Study the public policy implications relating to Chapter 2007,
Government Code, Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act, its
effectiveness in protecting private property rights, and the current impact
of regulatory takings on private property owners.

Interim Charge 8
Study the prevalence, legality and ethics of entities that actively lobby
the Legislature to impact the lawmaking process while that entity is in any
way a recipient of state funds.