Senate Preserves Two-Thirds Rule

The Texas Senate unanimously preserved its controversial two-thirds rule on Wednesday in a vote that also approved a significant change to how so-called sunset bills will move through the Legislature.

With no public debate, senators voted 27-0 to approve a set of rules for the session that will guide how bills are handled in the Legislature’s upper chamber for the next five months.

The issue drawing the most attention in the negotiations was the fate of the two-thirds rule that prevents bills from being brought up for debate on the Senate floor unless two-thirds of senators consent. The rule ...

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