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TribCast: A Texas legislative session dominated by …

5.13.21 – Texas Tribune

By midnight Friday, House members have to grant preliminary approval to many bills originated in the lower chamber. There’s likely not enough time to get to them all. But there are ways to revive measures so they still become law. 

Lots of legislation that originated in the Texas House this session faces a key deadline tonight: By midnight Friday, the lower chamber has to grant preliminary approval to such bills that don’t have near-unanimous support.

Members of the House are expected to work late into the night Thursday to pass out bills its members have written. And the lower chamber’s calendar is packed with legislation that has been approved by committees and is in line for consideration by the full chamber. But there’s not enough time to get to them all — and it’s not certain that leaders in the House will actually want to.

Sometimes, the late-night proceedings can get tense.