Texas GOP Platform Calls For Full Repeal Of Gun Control, Total Abortion Ban

Several of the party’s top legislative priorities, if enacted into law, would almost certainly wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Last week's Texas Republican Convention set the party's platform for the next two years. The platform names five top priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature. They include repealing all licensing requirements for firearms, banning abortions, securing the Mexican border, calling for a convention of states to enact amendments limiting the power of the federal government, and replacing the state's property tax system.

"In many respects, the Legislature is already working on all five of these legislative issues, at least in an incremental way, because if you look at them as goals, then we're making progress toward those goals," says state Senator Paul Bettencourt, whose district covers northwestern Harris County.

Several of those priorities, if enacted, would put Texas directly at odds with federal law, setting up a conflict the Supreme Court would have to resolve. The platform also calls for several measures that would require action by Congress, such as eliminating the Internal Revenue Service.

"In a way, it's as much a wish list as much as it is a legislative agenda," says Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston. "But the platform gives us, I think, a window into what the most conservative wing of the party wants."

The next legislative session runs 139 days.

Rottinghaus says that will limit how much Republicans can achieve, even with lopsided majorities in both chambers.


The five top priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature are listed on page 33

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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