Texplainer: What is the Blocker Bill?

Hey, Texplainer: What is the blocker bill, and what does role does it play in the Senate?

For "nearly half a century," according to the Legislative Reference Library, the Texas Senate has routinely placed what is called a blocker bill at the very beginning of its daily calendar. The bill is introduced and passed through committee as quickly as possible, putting it at the top of the Senate's calendar, where it sits for the rest of the session.

No other bill can be passed unless at least two-thirds of the senators agree to "suspend the regular order of business ...

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