How do the powers of the presiding officers in the state legislature take away from a true spirit of

How do the powers of the presiding officers in the state legislature take away from a true spirit of democracy? That is, since a bill’s life in the legislature so much depends upon its being favored or disfavored by the speaker of the house and/or the lieutenant governor, do the “people” of Texas have any real sway in the legislative process? Why or why not?

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