HD10 special: Early voting concludes tomorrow (Friday) for Tuesday’s special election. Through yesterday (Wednesday), the third day of early voting, just under 2,600 people had cast ballots in Ellis Co., representing 2.1% of registered voters. All but 18 of those votes were cast in person. In Henderson Co., fewer than 100 people had voted through yesterday, but only a small portion of the county is in the district, representing around 4% of votes cast in the 2020 general election.

LAND open: Pearland public affairs analyst Somtoochukwu Ik-Ejiofor established a campaign committee for a potential run for the office being vacated by Comm. George P. Bush (R). We were unable to determine her political affiliation conclusively.

HD113: Garland paralegal and community organizer Uduakobong Nkanga established a campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D-Rowlett).

HD131: Houston hotel and multifamily housing construction executive James Guillory announced he would challenge Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston) in the Democratic primary.

TBD: Mansfield physical therapist Craig Tipping established a campaign committee for a potential run for state office, but he did not indicate which office he may seek. We were unable to determine his political affiliation.

Election Legislation: As of press time (8:30 p.m. CT), the House was debating dozens of amendments to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the session’s chief elections bill. Those amendments were typically either accepted by the author or voted down on roughly party-line votes. Because some of the House Democrats remain away from the floor, the Democrats probably would not win any votes even with some Republican defections.

Updated 11:38 p.m., The House passed the bill to third reading as amended on an almost entirely party-line, 79-37 vote. Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) voted against the bill.

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