Texas Lieutenant Governor Defends Plan to Eliminate Super-Majority Rule

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, at the dais of the Texas Senate (Texas Senate Photo)

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is defending a plan to change Senate rules to allow a bill to pass with a mere majority vote, rather than three-fifths of the votes.

Although the Texas Constitution says that the Legislature can pass a law with a simple majority vote in each chamber, the Senate’s own internal rules require 19 of 31 votes…