Eminent domain proposition wins passage

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texans gave overwhelming support to a proposition that limits the government's power of eminent domain.

Proposition 11 had 80 percent of the vote favoring it, and 20 percent against, after more than 300,000 votes were counted in Tuesday's election.

It was the last of 11 proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, but 1 of those that got the most attention. The Texas Farm Bureau, Gov. Rick Perry and his Republican primary rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, all campaigned in favor of it.

The amendment bans governments in Texas from seizing private property and giving it to a private developer to boost the tax base.

A proposition to guarantee public beach access also sailed to victory, as did a proposal to help build more veterans hospitals.