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Willacy Republican Party chairman tells of caucus recommendations

Staff Writer

Willacy County Republican Party Chairman Roland “Wolf” Chapa Willacy County Republican Party Chairman Roland “Wolf” Chapa Texas Republicans have been giving a lot of thought to issues that affect the state and nation, said Willacy County Republican Party Chairman Roland “Wolf” Chapa said.

A little over a month ago, he participated in a statewide caucus to discuss proposed changes and clarifications in the Texas GOP’s rules, platform, resolutions and legislative priorities.

“We talked about immigration, school choice, abortion, property taxes, religious freedom, taxpayer-funded political lobbying, constitutional carry/the right to bear arms, and supporting nonmarijuana related hemp production. “Hemp can be manufactured for products such as fabric, shoes, and even food items like granola,” he said.

Hemp production uses much less water than sugar cane, which is a big issue in the Rio Grande Valley, Chapa said.

Other topics Republicans discussed at the caucus included the roles of five state supported universities, fencing and the use of electric fences on farms and ranches.

Among proposed GOP platform changes was wording for the state platform on immigration:

“America is a nation of immigrants, and its doors should be open to all who come to it lawfully, respecting its heritage and laws, desiring to become a contributing part of its success, desiring to be ‘American’. There are no white, black, yellow, brown, red or any other color of hyphenated American. One is either an American or not. We are proud of our Christian heritage and its work ethic and will not respect or welcome anyone who will abase it.”

It also states: “We oppose granting government benefits to those illegally present in the U.S.”

Also, “We believe current laws against employing illegal immigrants should be vigorously enforced.... We support expeditiously deporting residents with expired visas.”

The caucus recommended passing legislation to abolish all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying and the automatic payroll deduction of union dues by the government.

On abortion, the group recommended passing legislation to abolish abortion including ignoring federal statutes, regulations and court rulings, and executive orders that would deprive an unborn child the right to life. They also propose enacting life-saving legislation such as a “heartbeat bill.”

On property taxes, the caucus recommended abolishing the maintenance and operation school property tax, instead proposing that the funds be allocated by the state on a perstudent basis. Other property tax proposals included eliminating appraisal boards and instead taxing property at the purchased value or free market value.

Also recommended by the caucus was a law “to pass legislation that protects the privacy and safety of women and children in multi-use facilities such as bathrooms, locker rooms and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings and oppose legislation that would undermine those privacy and safety protections.”

Also, a measure was recommended for legislation to require all school districts to submit a viable school security plan that includes armed personnel to oppose any armed attack.

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