From Texas Public Radio:
One major goal of Texas Republican leaders is to keep their supermajority of votes in the state Senate — and with Pete Flores’ victory in Senate District 19, they are one step closer to that objective.
Prior to 2015, conservative legislation needed support from two-thirds of the Senate for the bill to be considered for a vote.
But then Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and 20 Senate Republicans lowered the threshold to three-fifths of the Senate.