The First Called Session of the 87th Legislature convened yesterday (Thursday). Both chambers’ election bills will be heard in their respective committees tomorrow. The Senate State Affairs Committee will consider Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the same committee and bill author as during the regular session. In the House, a new bill author will bring his bill before a new committee. 

House Bill 3 by Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) will be heard by the newly formed Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin). Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park), who shepherded his House Bill 6 through his Elections Committee during the regular session, is not a member of the select committee. House Democrats officially killed the conference committee report for Senate Bill 7 by Hughes, the Senate companion measure, by breaking quorum with an hour remaining for the chamber to pass legislation, but the Republican managers of the bill effectively enabled its death by mismanaging the legislative calendar and announcing a compromise bill with numerous new provisions just three days before the deadline. 

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