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Chance Weldon of the Center for the American Future at Texas Public Policy Foundation. (Photo: Courtesy)

Property rights matter to Texans. For more than a century, the Texas Supreme Court has held that the Texas Constitution protects each individual’s right to use and develop his or her property in any way that doesn’t cause a nuisance or harm the neighbors. While other states and federal courts have taken an increasingly narrow view of property rights over the years, Texas courts have stood firm. As a result, housing in Texas has remained more affordable and dynamic than many other states, despite a growing population.

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