Texas lawmaker Rep. Bryan Slaton (R) has proposed a bill allowing citizens to decide if it should remain a part of the U.S. or become an independent nation.
Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Greenville) recently filed H.B. 3569 which, if passed, would place a referendum on the 2024 election ballot to decide “whether or not the State should investigate the possibility of Texas independence…" https://t.co/hev6LTySoW
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According to The Daily Wire Report, Slaton officially filed the Texas Independence Referendum Act in the Texas House of Representatives. The act would provide for a segment on the 2024 ballot asking residents to determine the state’s future by exploring whether or not lawmakers should found a commission to examine the feasibility of Texas seceding from the Union. The committee would also provide further recommendations to the state legislature.
Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Greenville) recently filed H.B. 3569 which, if passed, would place a referendum on the 2024 election ballot to decide “whether or not the State should investigate the possibility of Texas independence…" https://t.co/zhxPs3mbFq
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The popular TEXIT was an initiative of the Texan Nationalist Movement.. The nationalist movement started in 2005 and Slaton believes the group’s purpose is commendable. The lawmaker believes all political power belongs to Texans and they have the right to determine their state’s future.
Daniel Miller, President of the movement, emphasized the group’s diversity across political spectrums and beyond.
“At the end of the day, the people of Texas want that right of self-government. They do not feel like they’re being represented in a system where they feel crushed under the weight of 180,000 pages of federal laws, rules, and regulations administered by two and a half million unelected bureaucrats,” Miller said in a statement.
Miller reiterated Slaton’s belief, adding to his statement that Texans desire the ability to govern themselves with a strong confidence that only Texans can appropriately do that.
“Texans are tired of making decisions here at home and having them overwritten at the stroke of a pen by an executive order or a ruling from an unelected, unaccountable federal judiciary,” Miller added.
While the legality of seceding is a hotly debated topic beyond the Lone Star state, the move to break away dates back to the 18th century in Texas.
According to The Dallas Morning News, The Supreme Court in 1868 ruled on the secession question in Texas vs. White. The court held that individual states could not secede from the Union.