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House bill 188 clarifies the government's use of eminent domain law to claim private property. It establishes that property may only be taken strictly for the benefit of the community. It details the explicit scenarios in which the government should not be allowed to use eminent domain to take private property. These situations are: when there will be private benefit for a private entity, if public use is only a pretext to private use/benefit, or for economic benefit (unless the benefit brings on secondary benefit in form of renewal to an area, etc. ). The importance of this bill comes from many years of misuse and misunderstanding of eminent domain. Private property rights for Texans must be respected by clarifying more than just "public" and "private" use. Laying out definite instances that property cannot be taken will create an much needed standard.