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Watson's Speech for Preserving Two-Thirds Rule
"State government appears to be more concerned with protecting partisan rule than governing to protect the people"
"...the Republicans' ultimately successful resolution to waive the Senate's "two-thirds" rule on Wednesday. One of the most eloquent and..."

Jan. 15, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Patrick Ends Two-Thirds Rule
Measure designed to increase the peace in Texas Senate dies
"...Dan Patrick's new era in the Texas Senate. The two-thirds rule, a long-standing agreement that meant a bill would..."

Jan. 21, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Dewhurst Thinks Two-Thirds Rule Will Hold
Lt. Governor says voter ID fight can be resolved
"...thinks reports of GOP senators trying to suspend the two-thirds rule over the issues of voter ID and redistricting..."

Jan. 13, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Two-Thirds Rule Scuttled for Voter ID
Day of hard feelings in Senate comes to end
"...The Texas Senate has voted, 18-13, to scrap its rule requiring a two-thirds vote of the membership to bring..."

Jan. 14, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Two-Thirds Debate Heated
Voter ID has suddenly become the top issue of the Senate
" of Senate Resolution 14, which would abandon the "two-thirds rule" of the Senate specifically for the voter ID..."

Jan. 14, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Council Endorses EPA Emissions Rule
Supporters hope to set precedent for Texas
"...of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed carbon rule, staying in stride with the city's net-zero emissions goal..."

June 27, 2014 News Feature by Lizzie Jespersen

Council: At War on Two Wheels
More scooters, a possible interim deal with the APA, and more from City Hall
"...Bird is going to be allowed to pre-empt the rules...."

April 20, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

On the Lege: Senate Fight
Dems lost the debate on the two-thirds rule, but not without a fight
"...admitted on the Senate floor last week. "Changing the rules is simply not the wise thing to do. ......"

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Everything You Need to Know About Voter ID
A program to help guide you through Tuesday's Senate meeting
"...House but was killed in the Senate via the “two-thirds rule,” a longstanding tradition requiring the support of two-thirds..."

March 9, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Watson Takes What He Can Get
Austin senator cuts budget breather from five days to two
"...started, Watson called on the Senate to implement a rule that would mandate a five-day waiting period between the..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Ellis: Voter ID Bills Are Dead
Houston lawmaker says he can kill any bills that would require a photo ID to vote.
"...coming to the Senate floor. Because of the Senate's "two-thirds rule" – which says that at least two-thirds of..."

March 16, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Clearing the Chub?
Dunnam proposes way to move bills without moving voter ID
"...but still move forward with constructive lawmaking: Suspend the rules on a bill-by-bill basis, to allow the House to..."

May 22, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: First Bread, Then Circus
If the 83rd Lege glazed your eyeballs, act two might wake the balcony
"...Lite Guv David Dewhurst over the lack of a "two-thirds rule" in the special – mostly to create a..."

May 31, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Straus on the Record
New speaker talks policy, budget, management style and environmental policy
"...(read: screaming match) about the efforts to overturn the two-thirds rule on voter laws, the House had a quicker..."

Jan. 14, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Albuquerque or Bust!
The Texas Senate Democrats make a stand in New Mexico against congressional redistricting.
"...Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst agrees to restore the Senate rule requiring two-thirds of the senators to agree to bring..."

Aug. 8, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
Sen. John Whitmire flees exile in Albuquerque and says he'll return to the Senate with or without his Democratic colleagues.
"...and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst refuse to reinstate the two-thirds rule, "I intend to fight redistricting on the Senate..."

Sept. 12, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
Republican Bill Ratliff throws a monkeywrench into his own party's redistricting plans
"...afternoon) at endgame just yet. Under the Senate's longstanding "two-thirds rule," 21 of the 31 senators must agree to..."

July 18, 2003 News Column by Michael King

On The Lege
The GOP Senate tightens the screws on the absent Texas 11.
"...Barnes, Bill Hobby, and Bob Bullock each abandoned the two-thirds rule in special sessions called (under court order) to..."

Aug. 22, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Winners and Losers on the Senate Committees
The shakeout from Dan Patrick's first chair shuffle
"...followed through with one campaign promise: When the Senate rules were passed the week previously, he cut the number..."

Jan. 25, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Patrick Goes on Offense Post-Session
Patrick reflects on his first term as lite gov
"...Up for discussion were legislative outcomes, changes in the two-thirds rule, and Patrick’s political aspirations. Upon entering office, Patrick..."

June 4, 2015 News Post by Brittany Shulman

Point Austin: 'Embrace What Is Right'
On Obama, what it means … and what it doesn't
"...the Texas Senate and the recent demise of the "two-thirds rule," the gentlemen's agreement whereby no substantive bill could..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
" in the Senate. The "100-hour" agenda featured new rules, ethics reforms, an increase in the federal minimum wage..."

Jan. 12, 2007 News Feature

Capitol Chronicle
Threatened with arrest, the Senate Democrats fly to New Mexico.
"...Dems the 11 votes they needed under the Senate's two-thirds rule to keep redistricting from the floor through Session..."

Aug. 1, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Maps, Balls, and Testifying
The testimony gets mighty strange at the re-redistricting trial.
" the proposed Texas plan," but that objection was overruled by appointed division administrators...."

Dec. 26, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

On the Lege
The second special session ends with a whimper, but the re-redistricting battle rages elsewhere
"...third special session, Dewhurst said he would restore the two-thirds "blocker bill" for Senate procedure, "after we pass redistricting."..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Column by Michael King

And the Fighting Begins …
Senate Republicans want no 2/3 rule on redistricting, Voter ID
"...this morning, Senate Republicans are hoping to suspend the two-thirds rule when it comes to votes on the issues..."

Jan. 13, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Lege Targets the Undocumented
Lawmakers would restrict access to work, education, etc.
"...for immigrant advocates is the Senate setting aside the two-thirds rule in favor of a three-fifths version in the..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

On the Lege
The Lege week in court, in correspondence, and in West Texas
"...consideration of congressional redistricting, and its abandonment of its two-thirds rule are potential violations of the federal Voting Rights..."

Sept. 19, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
The fight over re-redistricting is a battle for the civil rights of minority Texans.
"...pending before a federal court) that abandoning the Senate's two-thirds rule and enacting sanctions against them constitutes (among other..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Column by Michael King

What's the Damage?
The news staff takes a look at the fallout from the 84th legislative session
"...He placed the blame on the demise of the two-thirds rule, designed to keep contentious bills off the floor..."

June 5, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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