Last week, a majority of Texas senators voted to change the majority rule for passing laws from two thirds to three fifths. Effectively, that allows any GOP legislation to pass laws without the support of Democrats.
Democrats say it makes the Texas Senate operate more like Washington. Republicans say that's not true and it would still require a majority of senators to pass any new laws.
Time will tell how this new law will affect Lubbock. What it should do is make it easier for bigger Texas cities to get help from Austin by not having to rely on smaller rural votes.
One thing is clear: it reinforces how important it is for you and I to show up and vote come election time - because whatever majority we send to Austin now has more say over our lives.
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