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Texit? State Lawmaker Wants to Let Texans Vote on Seceding from the United States

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Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) issued a statement on social media Tuesday, announcing his intent to file legislation that will allow Texans to vote on leaving the United States in a referendum. 

“The federal government is out of control and does not represent the values of Texans. That is why I am committing to file legislation this session that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation,” Biederman’s statement says. 

The post continues, saying, “This legislation perfectly aligns with Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution which reads: ‘All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.’” 

In a phone interview, Biedermann told LSV that “The response to the post has been overwhelmingly positive” with people expressing their support for the idea. 

Biedermann elaborated briefly on some of the reasoning for the bill, pointing to the millions of people who just voted for socialism across the country while Texans voted against it. He also mentioned that Texans put roughly over $100 billion more into the federal government than they get back. 

While Biedermann doesn’t have a finished bill yet, he says he plans to file the legislation when it ready in the upcoming spring session of the Texas Legislature. 

“In the end, it’s all about the people and letting them express their will by voting in a ballot referendum,” Biedermann said. 

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