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School choice, border security among 13 propositions on Texas GOP primary ballot

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(The Center Square) – Thirteen propositions will be on the 2024 GOP primary ballot in March, the Republican Party of Texas announced Thursday.

The propositions address a range of issues, including property taxes, border security, the Texas National Guard, election integrity and school choice, among others. Several relate to bills that were filed in the legislative session this year that went nowhere.

The State Republican Executive Committee approved the propositions on Dec. 2. They are nonbinding and act as an indicator of what voters want the party and state legislature to focus on.

The propositions ask Republican voters to approve or reject the following:

Proposition 1: Texas should eliminate all property taxes without increasing Texans’ overall tax burden.

Proposition 2: Texas should create a Border Protection Unit, and deploy additional state law enforcement and military forces, to seal the border, to use physical force to prevent illegal entry and trafficking, and to deport illegal aliens to Mexico or to their nations of origin.

Proposition 3: The Texas Legislature should require the use of E-Verify by all employers in Texas to protect jobs for legal workers by preventing the hiring of illegal aliens.

Proposition 4: The Texas Legislature should end all subsidies and public services, including in-state college tuition and enrollment in public schools, for illegal aliens.

Proposition 5: Texas urges the United States Congress not to grant any form of amnesty or a pathway to legalization for illegal aliens.

Proposition 6: The Texas Legislature should prohibit the deployment of the Texas National Guard to a foreign conflict unless Congress first formally declares war.

Proposition 7: The Texas Legislature should establish authority within the Texas State Comptroller’s office to administer access to gold and silver through the Texas Bullion Depository for use as legal tender.

Proposition 8: The State of Texas should ensure that Texans are free to give or to withhold consent for any vaccine without coercion.

Proposition 9: The Republican Party of Texas should restrict voting in the Republican primary to only registered Republicans.

Proposition 10: The Texas Constitution should be amended to restore authority to the Texas Attorney General to prosecute election crimes.

Proposition 11: Texas parents and guardians should have the right to select schools, whether public or private, for their children, and the funding should follow the student.

Proposition 12: The Texas Constitution should be amended to require proof of citizenship before any individual can be registered to vote.

Proposition 13: Texas should ban the sale of Texas land to citizens, governments, and entities from China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

In addition to the propositions, voters will also choose candidates running for Railroad Commissioner, the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Criminal Court of Appeals, State Board of Education, and both chambers of the state legislature.

All 150 seats of the Texas House are up for reelection in 2024. Because of redistricting and the fact that Texas Senate seats have staggered terms, only 15 seats in the upper chamber are on the 2024 ballot.

The primary election is Tuesday, March 5. Early voting is from Feb. 20 through March 1.

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