Border security, property tax elimination, school choice among proposals to be decided by Texas GOP voters | Texas

(The Center Square) – Republican voters in Texas on March 1 will have 10 proposals to vote on in the GOP primary elections.

They address border security issues, property taxes, immunization warrants, parental rights and education, abortion, legislative committee chairs, electoral reform, gender modification surgery on minors and freedom of conscience.

Proposal 1 deals with border security. He said, “In light of the federal government’s refusal to defend the southern border, Texas should immediately deploy the National Guard, Texas military and law enforcement necessary to seal the border, enforce laws on the border. ‘immigration and deporting illegal aliens. “

Although Governor Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March to thwart criminal activity resulting from increased illegal immigration, Conservatives argue he has not done enough.

Proposition 2 deals with property tax reform, stating, “Texas should eliminate all property taxes within ten (10) years without implementing a state income tax.

The 87th legislature did not pass any bill or prioritize state funding to reduce property tax burdens. Conservatives say Republican leaders crushed a bill to eliminate property taxes tabled by Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Houston.

Proposal 3 deals with immunization mandates. He says, “Texans should not lose their jobs and students should not be penalized for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Responding to public pressure, Abbott added vaccine mandates to the agenda for the third special legislative session with eight days left in the session after not prioritizing it in the regular session and the first two. special sessions.

Abbott has not commented on several lawsuits filed in Texas over vaccination warrants and has ignored calls from the Texas GOP, its challengers and a growing list of lawmakers calling for a fourth special session to address the issue. He recently told a local radio station that he was waiting for the courts to decide the case. Earlier this year, he issued an executive order prohibiting state entities from requiring a vaccination passport as a condition of service.

Proposition 4 deals with parental rights and the so-called critical theory of race. He states: “Schools in Texas should teach students basic knowledge and American exceptionalism and reject critical race theory and other programs that promote Marxist doctrine and encourage division based on creed, race or economic status. “

The legislature passed a bill, which Abbott enacted, banning the teaching of CRT in Texas public schools. The law came into effect on December 2. CRT is still integrated into the policy or curriculum of several higher education institutions in Texas.

Proposal 5 proposes a constitutional amendment supporting the “Right to Life”. He said, “Texas should enact a state constitutional amendment to uphold the sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, from fertilization to natural death.

During the 87th Legislative Session, lawmakers passed the Texas Heartbeat Act, prohibiting performing an abortion once a baby’s heartbeat is detected. The law entered into force on September 1. In November, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases related to those who oppose the law.

Proposal 6 deals with the legislative procedure. He said, “The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature should end the practice of handing over the chairmanship of committees to Democrats. “

Republican leaders routinely appoint Democrats as committee chairmen who actively block Tory bills, Tory critics argue. Representative Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, proposed rule amendments requiring House committees to be chaired by a member of the majority party. The Republican-led majority helped defeat the measure.

Proposition 7 deals with the integrity of elections. He said, “Texas should protect the integrity of our elections by verifying that registered voters are U.S. citizens, by restoring criminal penalties and enacting civil penalties for electoral fraud, and by combating any federal takeovers of voters. state elections. ”

After Texas Democrats attempted to thwart electoral reform by fleeing the state, Republicans claimed victory for passing an election integrity bill, among other things, reducing the crime of illegal voting by a felony to a misdemeanor.

Proposal 8 concerns the prohibition of gender modification surgery in minors. He says, “Texas should ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation on all underage children for the purpose of sex transition.”

The issue was the third-most important legislative priority chosen by GOP delegates at the state convention, but bills introduced by conservative lawmakers to ban the practice have received no backing from the governor, lieutenant- Governor or Speaker of the House.

Proposal 9 concerns the choice of school, another issue not given priority by the 87th legislature. It states that “Parents and guardians in Texas should have the right to select schools, whether public or private, for their children, and the funding should follow the student.” “

Proposition 10 asks Republicans to approve or reject the statement: “Texans say our freedoms come from God and that government should have no control over the conscience of individuals.

Penny D. Jackson