Senate Will Maintain Two-Thirds Rule, Dewhurst Says

The two-thirds rule will guide the Texas Senate for another legislative session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Tuesday, though other senators said the issue was not fully settled.

The controversial rule prevents bills from being brought up for debate on the Senate floor unless two-thirds of senators consent. That rule has allowed a coalition of 11 of the Senate’s 31 members to block measures that have the support of more than half of the body. Although the rule has often helped Democrats block legislation, it has also worked in the favor of other groups of like-minded senators, such as ...

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