House Passes Rules

The House passed the rules for this session on Monday. There were a number of amendments offered by members but most did not pass.

Perhaps the most significant amendment that did pass was offered by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford). The amendment makes it more difficult for a bill to be killed on a non-substantive error. The amendment returned the House to a rule that was followed during former Speaker Pete Laney’s tenure who was last Speaker in 2009.

Other amendments were offered to make the House process more transparent. Some passed and some failed.

For a more thorough review of the process see House Rule Change Could Weaken Democratic Minority in the Texas Tribune.

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