Senate Modifies Two-Thirds Rule

In an early afternoon session the Texas Senate changed a rule that has been in existence for about 80 years.  That rule required a two-thirds majority of all senators to agree to bring a bill to the Senate floor for debate.  Today the Senate changed the rule to require a three-fifths majority.  Senate Republicans can now completely control the Senate agenda.  The new rule requires 19 senators to bring up a bill for debate, exactly the number of Republican senators.  The change in the rule only required a majority to pass and the vote was 20-10 with one Democrat voting for the rule and one Republican voting present.  Read more about it in the Texas Tribune article Senate Democrats Lose Clout.

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