“No criminal charges will be brought” against House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) in connection with his secretly recorded meeting with Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, Brazoria Co. Dist. Atty. Jeri Yenne (R) announced in a statement. “As repugnant as Speaker Bonnen’s actions and statements are, I do not believe there is sufficient evidence from the June 12, 2019 meeting to warrant a criminal prosecution.”

Bonnen announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election to the House as support among the Republican Caucus continued to erode.

The House General Investigating Committee may still act on the matter.

Early voting continues for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections. Just over 42K people have voted early in person or by mail in Harris Co. through the first four days, accounting for 1.8% of registered voters. Turnout statewide was 1.2% through yesterday (Wednesday). Turnout exceeded 2% in 49 of the state’s 254 counties, all of which now report their daily totals to the Secretary of State’s office. This new provision was included in Senate Bill 902 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola)

Candidates in the three legislative special elections and local candidates, where required, must file their 8-day-out campaign finance reports on Monday.

HD96: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) for re-election.

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