Hendren to ask for "special order of business" for property rights bill
Posted: March 13, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
State Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, will bring up his property rights bill as a "special order of business" before the House Judiciary Committee, probably on March 25, he said Wednesday.
The bill is Senate Bill 367, which would require a government body to compensate an owner if a new regulation passed by that body reduces the value of his property by more than 10 percent. Opponents say the measure would tie city and county governments' hands.
A "special order of business" is called when a legislative committee decides a bill deserves a specific date and time for the committee to hear it. Most bills remain on the committees calendar and can be brought up any time during the session. A special order of business lets opponents and proponents know when the bill will come up and allows each side to present witnesses.