On February 6, 2021 @ 1217h, "KathJuliane" posted the below comment to this video from +BN. https://www.realjewnews.com/?p=1479.
At this time, I cannot verify the truth of her comments. In time, my Landholt 4 Governor (L4G) research staff (when I get one) will do that.
KathJuliane February 6, 2021 @ 12:17 pm
Yes, secession can take years in political process. There are still state constitutional and legislative steps that must be followed, even if every Texan wanted to secede today.
Here’s a nutshell of the procedures needed to get to the point where the people of Texas finally vote for state independence.
Representative Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg) filed proposed House Bill 1359, also known as the Texas Independence Referendum Act (TIRA) on January 26, 2021, 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.
So, it just depends on how quickly if and when how the Texas Independence Referendum Act is passed by the Texas legislature to get the bill on the ballot to set up the joint committee for secession plan development.
According to Ballotpedia:
Texas is one of the 24 states where citizens do not have the power to initiate statewide initiatives or referendums, it comes from the legislature.
The Texas State Legislature can refer statewide ballot measures, in the form of constitutional amendments, to the ballot in odd-numbered years and even-numbered years.
However, as the legislature convenes regular sessions in odd-numbered years but not even-numbered years, most amendments have been referred to ballots in odd-numbered years.
Texas is one of 16 states that requires a two-thirds vote in each legislative chamber during one legislative session to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot.
That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the Texas House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Texas Senate, assuming no vacancies.
The 2021 legislative session began on January 12, 2021, and will adjourn on May 31, 2021.
If the Texas State Legislature passes the resolution to put it on the ballot, it would go to election in November, 2021.
According to Biederman’s website:
What does the Texas Independence Referendum Act (TIRA) do?
Should TIRA be passed by the Texas Legislature and approved by voters in the November 2021 Election, an interim joint committee will be established to study and make recommendations regarding the most effective method for Texas to return to its status as an independent republic.
The committee will be composed of four State Senators and four State Representatives appointed by the Lt. Gov and House Speaker, who will also respectively serve as co-chairs for the committee.
Not later than December 31st, 2022, the committee shall report any findings and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and the citizens of Texas. https://kylebiedermann.com/texit-faq/
Therefore, the very first hurdle is to legislatively pass the TIRA bill with a 2/3 majority this year between January 12 and May 31. If I’m reading Ballotpedia’s info correctly, since the Texas State Legislature only meets in odd-numbered years, if TIRA is not passed this year, then it can’t be acted on again until 2023.
Should the bill pass the legislature and be put on the November ballot, then TIRA would require a simple majority (51%) of the people’s vote to approve the interim planning committee.
After that, should the people vote to establish the interim committee in November 2021, it has until December 31, 2022 to make its final report to the Legislature and the people of Texas.
The Legislature would then have to pass another bill by a 2/3 vote to put the actual independence vote on the state-wide ballot. In the best case scenario, if it all moved without a hitch on schedule, it would still be November, 2023 that the people of Texas could vote on independence, which is two years, 10 months from now, unless the Legislature called a special election earlier in the year 2023.
And, the measure may not pass at any point the first time through, either for any stage of the process.
In the 2020 March Primary Election there were 16,211,198 registered voters, which means it would take 8,267,711 votes based on those numbers to pass an independence act.