Texas Representative Files the Texas Independence Referendum Act

Wants to allow Texans to vote on whether or not they want to move toward Texas Independence.

On Tuesday, Representative Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg) filed House Bill 1359, also known as the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which would allow the citizens of Texas to vote on whether the Texas Legislature should create a joint interim committee to develop a plan for achieving Texas independence.

This is not a resolution to allow for immediate independence. This legislation will give power directly to the people via referendum and allow Texans the right to discuss, debate and vote on creating a path toward Texas Independence. Regardless of an individual Legislator’s personal opinion on Texas Independence, we ask all Representatives and Senators to Let Texans Vote!

Rep. Biedermann said, “This Act simply Lets Texans Vote. This decision is too big to be monopolized solely by the power brokers in our Capitol. We need to let Texans’ voices be heard! Voters of all political persuasions in Texas can agree on one thing, Washington D.C. is and has been broken. Our federal government continuously fails our working families, seniors, taxpayers, veterans and small business owners. For decades, the promises of America and our individual liberties have been eroding. It is now time that the People of Texas are allowed the right to decide their own future. This is not a left or right political issue. Let Texans Vote!”

15 thoughts on “Texas Representative Files the Texas Independence Referendum Act”

  1. If there is confidence in the competence of the citizenry, and there is ample information made available to them, both pro and con, it would not be an unreasonable thing to educate and ask the people, “would you be better off as one of 51 stars on a flag, or the one star again?”

    Since leftward thinking appears to be absolutely the wrong thing for what the state of Texas appears to be and stand for, it seems to me it would be a good idea to at least truly look at it. I don’t live in Texas, but I do know one thing, I do not look forward to being a citizen in Greater New Yorkalifornia.

  2. Living in Texas, I support this 100%. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Some things are timeless.

  3. THE GREAT REOPENING [AWAKENING]: There’s No Stopping It
    Texas will hopefully lead the way in showing the country, and the world, that it’s finally time to cut and jettison/jetsam, the soon to be flotsam, [the failed rigging – both ways] on the sinking ship ‘USS Liberty’ [both ways], everywhich way, including with extreme prejudice, the (((perpe-traitors of crimes JFK, 911, DJT/Arminius)))… loose.
    ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arminius

  4. If my old memorty serves me correctly, since Texas joined the union AFTER being a totally independent Nation, there is something in the agreement that says they can do a few things.

    1) Split into 5 States

    2) Leave the Union.

    Are any of you experts on this? I may be wrong, but I “remember” something along these lines when I went to college in Texas (long story).

    • Centurion, while that was originally true, I have been told that this was rescinded by the US after the Civil War. We still like to believe we can do it though.

    • Number Two is absolutely true. Texas has the right to spit into as many as five states, without approval from the Feds.
      Number One is not automatic. But an restructured alternate form of government was mentioned as long as it abides by the US and Texas Constitutions.

    • There has been a lot of misinformation spread around the internet about what Texas can and can’t do. Being a history buff and having studied Texas history maybe I can shed some light on the subject for your readers.

      Texas was an independent country for 9 years before joining the US. Unlike California which was not recognized by other countries and immediately joined the US. Texas was recognized by England, France and other European countries and had foreign embassies. In fact you can go to London today and see a placard that marks the site of the Republic of Texas Embassy. Texas entered the US under a treaty signed by both countries. Under this treaty Texas retained certain rights not held by other states. Among these are the right to divide into 5 states without the permission of Congress, the State boundary extends offshore to the international boundary, the right to a Navy (which exists and consists of the Battleship Texas and is purely ceremonial now, being an Admiral in the Texas Navy is given as an honor by the State Legislature) and under international law the right to renounce the treaty if the State or Federal government so chooses.

      This treaty was upheld in modern times by the US Supreme Court in the an offshore oil rights case in 1953 (?). During this case the Supreme Court accidentally came within 8 hours of actually throwing Texas out of the US. When oil was discovered in deep water off the coast of Texas in the 1950’s both the US and Texas claimed the oil. This case reached the 5th circuit court of Appeals in New Orleans which naturally ruled for the Federal government saying the Civil War invalidated the treaty. Texas appealed to the Supreme Court, which because their pay check came from Washington too, was about to uphold the lower court ruling. However the night before the ruling a law clerk in preparing the majority ruling did some research to determine the status of Texas if the treaty was invalidated and found out that legally Texas would no longer be part of the US and by international law would revert back to its status as an independent country and could claim its original boundaries not the current boundaries. The US would be required to recognize the Republic of Texas and withdraw from Texas as rapidly as practical. (You can imagine how fast the Soviet Union would have jumped on this, how many Migs do you need governor and when do you need them?) The clerk called the Chief Justice late at night and got him to put off the decision. To get out of this legal quandary the Court ruled that the lower Court was wrong the treaty was still valid but in 1845 the international boundary was 3 miles from the low tide mark so Texas retained rights three miles out and the Federal government had the rights beyond three miles. The key legal issue in the current discussion is the fact that the treaty of annexation is still valid and because its an international agreement either party can terminate the treaty.

      The only legal document that exists that makes Texas part of the US is that Treaty. Under international law Texas can renounce the Treaty and does not have to obtain approval from the US Congress to do so. No other State has this power. The mistake Texas made in 1861 was joining the Confederacy.

      If Texas decides to leave the US, (unlikely but less and less unlikely given the excesses of the Biden regime) I can assure you the Republic of Texas would get immediate recognition from the OAS, OPEC nations and get a favorable ruling from the International Court in the Hague insuring future support from European countries.

  5. You are correct. However, there were discussions during the secession movement in the 70s about changing this, and I don’t recall if it ever was.

    I do remember the one gentlemen who suggested that Texas actually divide into 5 states at one point. He went quiet after they threatened to hang him.

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