The concept of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) no longer serves its intended purpose and infringes on Texans’ inalienable right to private property. The Legislature should abolish ETJs and honor people’s right to self-determination.
- Property rights are an inalienable right and constitute a founding pillar of western societies.
- Municipal authority exercised in extraterritorial jurisdiction is historically analogous to taxation without representation.
- Texas’ lack of uniform governance in unincorporated lands has resulted in a hodgepodge of legislation, regulation, and violation.
- Since the birth of the Republic of Texas, municipalities have sought to use authority beyond their incorporated limits to address rapid population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and the provision of services.