Texas House starts with fight over rules, powers

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 2:34 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers defeated the vast majority of measures tea party legislators tried to pass into the Texas House rules to boost transparency in the Legislature.

Republican Representatives David Simpson, Van Taylor and Bill Zedler saw most of their measures to overhaul parliamentary procedures soundly defeated on Monday.

The adoption of largely the same rules that were used in 2011 signaled a major victory for House Speaker Joe Straus. The majority increased his power to overrule parliamentary motions to kill legislation because of minor errors.

Tea party conservatives pushed for greater transparency and less power for the speaker to appoint committees and control the flow of legislation. One measure they did win will require a bill to state in its formal name whether it will increase taxes or fees.

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