Senate Republicans voted to do away with the 2/3rds rule. The rule that allows bills to come to the Senate floor for debate only after an aye vote from 21 of the 31 Senators. The rule was a good one that kept disorder, that was so prevalent in the Texas House in the last session, from intruding in the Senate. From The Chron:
“The so-called two-thirds rule is designed to foster consensus on issues, as opposed to the Texas House, where the party in control can pass bills without support from the minority party.”
But now, with near parity in the House, Republicans may well find that they have to play nice with House Democrats rather than ram through divisive partisan legislation, as they did in 2007. Legislation that then died in the Senate because of the two-thirds rule.
The one lone Republican hold-out in the Senate, Senator John Carona of Dallas, explained his “no” vote, that it “sends a terrible message” to the voters in light of what has happened in the House, and how voters are crying out for a bipartisan legislature.
Carona, it should be noted, is from
So the Texas House and Senate have switched roles. Now we will have a bipartisan spirit in the House reject the uber-partisanship of the new