Texplainer: What Are the Rules of a Filibuster?

Hey, Texplainer: How does a filibuster work?

With the special session closing at midnight Wednesday, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is engaged in a filibuster attempt to kill abortion legislation she and other Democrats oppose.

Delay tactics like the filibuster and "chubbing" often emerge near the end of legislative sessions to block the passage or progress of a bill.

The filibuster is an extended discussion of a bill by an individual, and it is permitted only in the Senate. It is distinct from chubbing, which refers to the practice of extending debate on individual bills that can occur in ...

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