On the 187th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, the question of staying in the American union or declaring independence is again being put up for consideration in the Texas Legislature. 

State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) has filed House Bill 3596, which, if passed, would put to voters in the next general election the question of whether Texas will leave the union or stay. 

According to the “TEXIT Referendum Act,” if passed, a referendum will be placed on the ballot during the November election, asking people to vote for or against the proposition, “Should the State of Texas reassert its status as an independent nation?” 

Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller says support for TEXIT has continued to rise. During an interview with KXDJ, Miller said he believes there is enough support for the referendum to win by a substantial margin if it goes to a vote.

“It’s higher than it’s ever been and continues to grow. This is why with absolute confidence, I say time and time again, that we are ready to go to a referendum on this,” Miller told KXDJ’s Chris Samples. “If we go to a vote on TEXIT, we win—and not by a slim margin, but by a substantial percentage. The bottom line for Texans is quite straightforward. We have a choice to make.”

During the 87th Legislative Session in 2021, a similar bill was filed by former State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, where it was referred to the State Affairs Committee but failed to receive a hearing. 

However, Slaton says that with all the failures of the federal government and its continuous abuse, it’s time for a vote to be put on the ballot. 

“The Texas Constitution is clear that all political power resides in the people. After decades of continuous abuse of our rights and liberties by the federal government, it is time to let the people of Texas make their voices heard.”

If the proposed law passes and the majority of voters mark “yes” on the referendum, the Texas Independence Committee would be “established to study and make recommendations regarding the most effective and expeditious method by which Texas may be returned to its status as an independent nation.”

While some are happy to support the bill, State Rep. Jeff Leach (R–Plano) claimed the bill is “the very definition of hypocritical,” in reference to Slaton’s regular pledges to the American flag, and called it “seditious treason.” 

Concerned citizens can contact their elected officials to ask how they will vote on the TEXIT referendum bill.

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.