The Dallas Morning News Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 14--AUSTIN, Texas--Accusations flew across state lines on Wednesday as Texas House legislators holed up in an Oklahoma hotel traded barbs with Republicans at home over their rebel effort to stymie GOP redistricting plans.
Meanwhile, Texas House Republicans adjourned Wednesday so they can hold committee hearings, which is allowed as long as a majority of a committee is present, House Speaker Tom Craddick said. The adjournment released "the call on the House," which meant state troopers were no longer required to round up missing Democrats.
Since Monday, the chamber had been placid, unable to conduct legislative business because of a lack of a quorum. The Democrats in Oklahoma were beyond the reach of state troopers.
Republicans castigated their rebel colleagues for the growing heaps of bills placed in jeopardy by a Thursday deadline to vote on House bills. Even though committees could meet, only Senate bills could be considered because of legislative deadline rules, Craddick said.
Craddick said the House Calendars Committee, which sets the agenda for bills to be heard in the House, could set House floor debate schedules for Friday and Saturday.
Earlier, Gov. Rick …