The Texas Constitution requires 100 representatives, or two-thirds of the 150-member House, to conduct business in the lower chamber. The absence of 52 House Democrats prevented Republican passage of the redistricting plan during the 2003 regular session.
The moniker "Killer Ds" alludes to the Killer Bees, a group of Texas Senators who busted a quorum during the 1979 regular session to prevent a vote on a presidential primary bill favorable to John Connally.
The "Killer Ds" are:
Television: Bill's Dodgy Coppers Make Me Look a Saint; PICK OF THE WEEK Jailed Killer DS Don Beech on Life Back at Sun Hill as a Supergrass
May 02, 2004; Byline: with Steve Hendry The Bill has changed dramatically since Billy Murray ruled the screen as crooked copper DS Don Beech....