Disaster declarations do not grant local elected officials authoritarian power to trample on Texans’ constitutional rights and God-given liberties.

Key points:

  • Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code grants state and local authorities temporary emergency powers to protect public health and safety.
  • In some cases, these emergency powers have given rise to government overreach, as was evidenced with Tarrant County’s executive order allowing it to seize private property.
  • Eminent domain authorizes governmental entities to take private property through due process and requisite compensation.