Texas Republican Wants Vote On State Seceding From U.S.

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Tanya Robertson, Texas Republican Executive Committee member for Senate District 11, is planning to introduce a resolution calling for a vote on the secession of the state from the U.S.

"There's been a big groundswell of Texans that are getting into the Texas independence issue," Robertson told the Houston Chronicle. "I believe conservatives in Texas should have a choice to voice their opinion."

Her resolution would add the non-binding secession measure to the GOP's primary ballot on March 1, 2016. Robertson plans to introduce her resolution during a Dec. 4 meeting in Austin.

Texas State Republican chairman Tom Mechler said there are many resolutions introduced for the primary ballot, but did not think the secession idea would make it.

A 12-member resolutions committee will decide if the secession proposal will be voted on by the 60-member assembly for the primary ballot.

Robertson said that she got the idea from the Texas Nationalist Movement, which has tried and failed to get the resolution on the March ballot.

If approved, the resolution would be an opinion survey of Texas Republicans, but wouldn't legally remove the Lone Star state from the U.S.

Robertson's motivation for the resolution is her disapproval of federal lawmakers and federal spending.

However, Texas and all states lost any right they thought they had to secede back in 1869 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Texas v. White.

A 2011 poll on Texas secession by Rasmussen found that 75 percent of Texans wanted to remain part of the U.S., 18 percent wanted Texas to be its own country, while 31 percent falsely believed Texas had the right to secede, reported The Huffington Post.

A 2014 poll by Reuters/Ipsos found that 34.1 percent of Americans in the Southwest (including Texas) supported seceding from the U.S.

Sources: Houston Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Reuters, Wikipedia / Photo Credit: Tim Patterson/Flickr