Passage was delayed by the filibuster, then by a loud crowd which interrupted the vote by the Texas Legislature. One political observer says that approach won’t work again.
“Filibuster only works at the end of the 30 days, when the clock is running out,” says Harvey Kronberg, editor of The Quorum Report Texas. “They (supporters) have plenty of time right now, so there is no parliamentary maneuver that i can think of that would put them back in that position.”
Kronberg says the observers had been relatively quiet until they realized the filibuster was being cut short. Then, they erupted loudly enough the vote couldn’t be taken, earning national attention at the same time.
Governor Rick Perry called this second special session. Kronberg says supporters have plenty of votes to pass the abortion restrictions and they wouldn’t be expected to wait until the last minute this time.