A Bill was being debated on a controversial issue on Weds 25 June, However polls had made it clear that a strong majority in Texas are against the Bill.
A lady senator attempted to filibuster the Bill. This means she had to stand up unaided, not eat or drink, or toilet, for 11 hours as she presented evidence against the Bill. Evidence she presented was strictly assessed and if irrelevant she would lose her filibuster.
There was a general news blackout on the event. Police confiscated cameras but one stream did reach the net watched by 200,000 by the end of the night.
The lady senator is a cripple needing a back brace. When a gentleman senator tried to help her adjust her brace this was defined as breaking the rule that she must "stand unaided." On a third ruling of similar oddity she was disqualified at 11.45pm.
Amidst scenes of uproar which either resembled the UK Commons at PMQ or outdo it, as a huge popular demonstration filled the building and surrounding area with protest noise, a vote was attempted. The State website according to 1,000s of online witnesses, showed 12.03 when the Bill was announced as passed. Images of this clock were tweeted worldwide as the deadline for the Bill to pass was midnight.
An hour and a half later a closed meeting took place to decide if the vote was valid.
Suddenly the time on the State website for the passing of the Bill changed from 06:26.03 (12.03) to 06:25.59 (11.59 before midnight).
Online pandemonium ensued as too many people saw the change! Enough Senators were alerted and pushed to act to force a retraction.
You couldn't make it up. Commentators say they have never known anything like it.
Mainstream news sources merely report the Bill was dropped.
Another attempt will be made July 1. You got to admire those bad guys, they don't give up easy!