Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is working to ensure private property owners' rights are protected by encouraging Governor Perry to put eminent domain reform on the agenda when he calls a special session.

Private property owners' rights are fundamental to our state and national constitutions," Commissioner Staples said.

In a recent letter, Commissioner Staples asked Governor Perry to strongly consider placing eminent domain reform on the call for legislators to debate during the session.

"The independent Texas spirit is embedded in our rights to own land. Legislators must have the opportunity to pass a law that establishes stricter penalties for failing to negotiate in good faith and ensures adequate compensation for loss of access," Commissioner Staples said.