This week the Texas Senate voted to replace its traditional 2/3 Rule with a 3/5 Rule. The names of these rules both reflect the numbers of senators needed to overcome the Senate’s traditional blocker bill to consider new legislation; this parliamentary maneuver is intended to promote compromise by requiring more than a 50% plus one majority to enact legislation. Given that the Texas Senate consists of 31 members, this change reduces the number of senators necessary to support a bill from 21 to 19.The Texas Senate rules are published online, and should soon be updated to reflect this week’s changes.
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