Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) and Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) issued a joint statement indicating “they have reached an agreement” on Senate Bill 7 by Hughes, the session’s most significant election bill. The statement did not contain any specifics as to what provisions would be contained in the final bill.

As of 9 p.m. today (Friday), the conference committee report does not appear to have been filed. Tomorrow (Saturday) is the deadline for conference committee reports to be printed and distributed to all members to be eligible for further consideration. These reports must include final bill language, an analysis detailing how the final bill differs from each chamber’s version of the bill and a fiscal note. The latter two items depend upon the first being completed. It was unclear whether that had occurred prior to the statement being issued.

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