Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) has introduced SB 452, to move Texas primaries from March to the first Tuesday in February. Although Senator Patrick says his goal is to give Texas an earlier presidential primary, his bill moves the primary for all offices, in all election years, to February.
The bill, if enacted, would move the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates, and newly-qualifying parties, from May to April. This is virtually certain to be held unconstitutional. Also the bill would require newly-qualifying parties to notify the state in November of the year before the election if they wish to petition. Thanks to Linda Curtis for this news.