AUSTIN ( – The Texas Senate will decide if Democrats have some power after all this legislative session.

It’s the last best hope for Democrats to stop bills, the rule in the Senate that requires 21 votes to consider legislation. That gives Democrats the power to block votes since there are only 19 Republicans.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst says the final decision is up to the Senators but he thinks that rule will stay. “I believe that the vast majority of the Senators, Republican and Democrat alike, will be in favor of maintaining the current rules.”

The current rules also allow for a voter I.D. bill to be taken up without 21 votes, but Dewhurst say that may not be an issue this session, that the bill might have 21 votes to be considered this session anyway.

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