STATEMENT. (a) The attorney general shall prepare a written


statement that includes a bill of rights for a property owner whose


real property may be acquired by a governmental or private entity


through the use of the entity's eminent domain authority under


Chapter 21, Property Code.


       (b)  The landowner's bill of rights must notify each property


owner that the property owner has the right to:


             (1)  notice of the proposed acquisition of the owner's




             (2)  a bona fide good faith effort to negotiate by the


entity proposing to acquire the property;


             (3)  an assessment of damages to the owner that will


result from the taking of the property;


             (4)  a hearing under Chapter 21, Property Code,


including a hearing on the assessment of damages; and


             (5)  an appeal of a judgment in a condemnation


proceeding, including an appeal of an assessment of damages.


       (c)  The statement must include:


             (1)  the title, "Landowner's Bill of Rights"; and


             (2)  a description of:


                   (A)  the condemnation procedure provided by


Chapter 21, Property Code;


                   (B)  the condemning entity's obligations to the


property owner; and


                   (C)  the property owner's options during a


condemnation, including the property owner's right to object to and


appeal an amount of damages awarded.


       (d)  The office of the attorney general shall:


             (1)  write the statement in plain language designed to


be easily understood by the average property owner; and


             (2)  make the statement available on the attorney


general's Internet website.


       SECTION 3.  Subchapter B, Chapter 21, Property Code, is


amended by adding Section 21.0112 to read as follows:




STATEMENT REQUIRED. (a) Before a governmental or private entity


with eminent domain authority begins negotiating with a property


owner to acquire real property, the entity must send by first-class


mail or otherwise provide a landowner's bill of rights statement


provided by Section 402.031, Government Code, to the last known


address of the person in whose name the property is listed on the


most recent tax roll of any appropriate taxing unit authorized by


law to levy property taxes against the property.


       (b)  The statement must be:


             (1)  printed in an easily readable font and type size;




             (2)  if the entity is a governmental entity, made


available on the Internet website of the entity if technologically