The conference committee report (PDF) for the session’s most significant election bill was filed today (Saturday) and contains provisions that were not in any prior versions. The report was signed by all seven Republicans. None of the three Democrats agreed to it.

Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) was dramatically altered by the House when Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) substituted his House Bill 6 for it and 18 amendments were added on the floor. The Senate declined to accept the House version, so the bill went to a conference committee to resolve the differences. Typically, a conference report accepts provisions that were in both chambers’ versions, takes either chamber’s version where they differed or found some middle ground between the chambers’ conflicting versions of a provision.

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