An independent Texas could be one step closer.

On Tuesday, State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg) filed House Bill 1359, the Texas Independence Referendum Act. This bill would allow Texans to discuss, debate, and vote on Texas independence.

“This act simply lets Texans vote. This decision is too big to be monopolized solely by the power brokers in our Capitol,” said Biedermann. “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.” 

Biedermann went on to say that the federal government continues to fail working-class families, seniors, taxpayers, veterans, and small-business owners and has eroded individual liberties for decades.

“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!”

Additionally, Biedermann cited Article 1, Section 2 of the Texas Constitution: 

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.

Not all of Biedermann’s colleagues have expressed their support for his legislation. State Rep. Jeff Leach (R–Allen) blasted the proposal last week, calling the bill a “wheels-off, nutty proposal” and the “most anti-American bill” he had seen in his time in the Legislature.