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Texas election roundup: Filing deadline approaching

Monday, Dec. 9, marks the last day candidates can file to be on the ballot for the Texas elections to be held in 2020. That means after next Monday, we’ll know who will be on the ballot for the March primaries and who won’t.

Another incumbent has announced he will not be seeking reelection in 2020. State Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) quickly ended his reelection bid after making comments about the ethnicity of his primary opponents, two of whom are of Asian descent. The controversial comments prompted a rebuke by the Fort Bend County Republican Party and caused Gov. Abbott to withdraw his endorsement of Miller.

In the U.S. presidential race, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) ended her bid for the Democratic nomination earlier this week. That leaves former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Steyer, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as the six candidates who have qualified to appear in the next debate, to be held December 19 in Los Angeles. The deadline for other candidates to qualify for the debate is December 12.

Meanwhile, our partners at the Texas Educators Vote coalition have put together a handy calendar of the elections coming up in 2020. Here are some important dates:

January 28, 2020
Special Runoff Elections for House of Representatives Districts 28, 100, 148

February 3, 2020
Last day to register to vote in the March 3, 2020 Primary Elections

February 18-28, 2020
Early voting for the March 3, 2020 Primary Elections

March 3, 2020
Texas Primary Elections

April 2, 2020
Last day to register to vote in the May 2 local elections

April 20-28, 2020
Early voting for May 2 local elections

April 27, 2020
Last day to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Runoff Election

May 2, 2020
Uniform Election Date (Local political subdivisions)

May 18-22, 2020
Early voting for 2020 Primary Runoff Elections

May 26, 2020
Primary Runoff Elections

October 5, 2020
Last day to register to vote in the 2020 General Election

October 19-30, 2020
Early voting for the 2020 General Election

November 3, 2020
2020 General Election

End-of-session deadlines come into play

As we enter the home stretch of the legislative session, end-of-session deadlines start to play a role in determining which bills will become law and which will end up on the scrap heap. Here’s a rundown of the deadlines:

Monday, May 6: This is the last day House committees can report a House Bill (HB) out of committee to be considered on the House floor. Any HB not approved by a House committee by this date is dead.

Thursday, May 9: This is the last day the House can consider an HB on second reading. Second reading is when a bill is debated on the House floor. Bills that are approved on second reading are generally approved by the House. Any HB not approved on second reading by this date is dead.

Tuesday, May 21: This is the last day the House can consider a Senate Bill (SB) on second reading. For an SB to be considered in the House on second reading, it has to have been approved by a Senate committee, approved on the Senate floor, passed through a House committee and sent to the House floor. Any SB not approved on second reading by the House by this date is dead.

Friday, May 24: This is the last day for the House to consider Senate amendments to a bill. This applies to bills that are approved by the House and then altered by the Senate. The House can then either concur with the Senate amendments or send the bill to a conference committee made up of House and Senate members to work out the differences.

Sunday, May 26: This is the last day for the House to adopt conference committee reports, which are the results of conference committee negotiations on a bill.

Monday, May 27: This is the last day of the 83rd legislative session.

Sunday, June 16: This is the last day for the governor to either sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature. Any bill not signed or vetoed by this date automatically becomes law.

It’s important to note that although bills that do not meet these deadlines are dead, it’s still possible for language from dead bills to appear as amendments to bills still moving through the Legislature.

Stay tuned for updates.