Ken Paxton: Tree ordinances can violate constitution


City tree ordinances can violate the Texas Constitution if they deprive landowners of “all economically beneficial or productive use of land,” state Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion released Monday, one day before the Legislature begins a special session that will tackle the tree issue.

The “takings clause” of the Texas Constitution provides that “no person’s property shall be taken, damaged, or destroyed for or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made.”

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