Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth, R-Burleson, used a legislative rule to strike 52 bills from the Texas House calendar near the end of the 75th regular session in 1997.
She was retaliating after political opponents used a similar parliamentary tactic to kill her legislation that would have required parental notification before minors could obtain abortions.
The rule she used? The House Calendars Committee failed to specify where it was meeting when it set the agenda that included those bills. Under House Rules, that can be used to disqualify those bills from consideration. If that happens too late in a session for the bills to be properly set, they're effectively dead.