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.

The Dallas Morning News’s Lauren McGaughy reported Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches), a member of the conference committee, said they were waiting on revisions, which would be shared with all 10 conferees before it is signed. At least three conferees from each chamber must sign the report. Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), also a member of the conference committee, tweeted that he expected to “receive an official draft shortly.”

Early voting continues in local jurisdictions holding June 5 runoff elections. Early voting concludes on Tuesday.

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