State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, used the legislative equivalent of fighting words on the House floor Sunday.
He accused Rep. Ryan Guillan, D-Rio Grande City, of breaking his word to remove language from a handgun bill that other legislators found objectionable.
References to "your lack of integrity" and saying Guillan was "dishonorable" might sound mild under normal circumstances, but House rules prohibit members from making personal comments about each other. Despite the prohibition, Pickett was not admonished. In a sign that Guillan might have done what Pickett accused him of, Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, a well-respected member who is retiring, asked to have his name removed from Guillan's bill.