Stop Forced Annexation

 

Consent of the governed and the right of self-determination are fundamental rights that we have held sacred for more than 230 years. Abraham Lincoln said it best: No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. You would be hard pressed to find anyone in this great state that would openly disagree with that statement. However, today in the State of Texas residents of areas annexed by home rule cities (cities with populations of 5,000 or greater) are not permitted to vote on this issue. In 1997, I fought the city of Houston on the issue of forced annexation, passing the only bill in history through the Texas Senate that would prevent forced annexation. Although the bill was blocked in the Democrat controlled house, I was able to persuade Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock to appoint a Special Interim Committee on Annexation. As a result, the committee passed the greatest reforms curbing forced annexation since 1963. Since that time Republicans have gained more seats in the Texas Senate and gained control of the Texas House of Representatives. It is unacceptable that measures such as this one, consistently blocked in the past by Democrat control of our legislature, have not been passed by our Republican majority.

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