Texas Property Code

Sec. § 21.025
Production of Information by Certain Entities


(a)

Notwithstanding any other law, an entity that is not subject to Chapter 552 (Public Information), Government Code, and is authorized by law to acquire private property through the use of eminent domain is required to produce information as provided by this section if the information is:

(1)

requested by a person who owns property that is the subject of a proposed or existing eminent domain proceeding; and

(2)

related to the taking of the person’s private property by the entity through the use of eminent domain.

(b)

An entity described by Subsection (a) is required under this section only to produce information relating to the condemnation of the specific property owned by the requestor as described in the request. A request under this section must contain sufficient details to allow the entity to identify the specific tract of land in relation to which the information is sought.

(c)

The entity shall respond to a request in accordance with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure as if the request was made in a matter pending before a state district court.

(d)

Exceptions to disclosure provided by this chapter and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure apply to the disclosure of information under this section.

(e)

Jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this section resides in:

(1)

the court in which the condemnation was initiated; or

(2)

if the condemnation proceeding has not been initiated:

(A)

a court that would have jurisdiction over a proceeding to condemn the requestor’s property; or

(B)

a court with eminent domain jurisdiction in the county in which the entity has its principal place of business.

(f)

If the entity refuses to produce information requested in accordance with this section and the court determines that the refusal violates this section, the court may award the requestor’s reasonable attorney’s fees incurred to compel the production of the information.
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 81 (S.B. 18), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2011.
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