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Texas House Committee Considers Expanding Open Beaches Act

AUSTIN (March 25, 2013)—The Texas House Land and Resource Management Committee is considering a proposed constitutional amendment clearly defining the boundaries of public beaches and holding them in a public trust.

The amendment by State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Dallas, comes with a companion public beaches bill that would become impervious to future court challenges should the amendment be added to the Texas Constitution.

Both of the measures, which will be discussed Tuesday are in response to a 2010 Texas Supreme Court ruling on the Open Beaches Act that found that if an act of nature erodes a beach, the landowner's right to the remaining property isn't diminished by state law, even if it is now part of the beach.

The Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision last year.


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