Senator Ellis reacts to Senate rules change

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(Austin, TX) // Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) issued this statement regarding the changes in the Senate rules:

“This is a sad day for the Texas Senate and one that we will look back on and regret,” said Sen. Ellis. “We’re detonating decades of Senate tradition, tradition which has made the Texas State Senate a great deliberative body.”

“This has been a place where you have to work together to bring a real consensus to move forward on an issue. Sometimes that takes years – believe me, I know – but when the Senate is ready on a controversial issue, that means Texas is ready.”

“Instead, we’ve decided that if you can’t win through debate, you push it through via a rules change. What we’re telling our successors is to run over the other side when you can, and I don’t think that’s what this body is about.”

“As Texas’ longest-serving lieutenant governor, Bill Hobby, wrote, ‘The biggest mistake I made as president of the Texas Senate was trying to circumvent the Senate’s two-thirds tradition in 1979 … Anything that doesn’t have the support of two-thirds of the Senate is seldom a good idea.'”

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