More than 20 bills didn't get their conference committee reports last night but that doesn't necessarily mean they died.
Rep. Todd Smith tells us Senate Bill 1970, an election bill related to the Help America Vote Act that he sponsored in the House, will likely get saved in the Senate today.
"Oh, I don’t know," Smith said. "They can do whatever they want in the Senate. They’ll suspend the rules and fix it."
Sen. Leticia Van De Putte said that the conference committee was going to be disbanded on her SB 297 but that's just fine with her. The language of the bill, which would allow veterans and their spouses and children to pay in-state tuition and fees even if they haven't lived in Texas for a full year, ended up in another bill that passed, she said.
The same good fortune can't be said for HB 3876. Arlington Sen. Chris Harris sponsored it in the Senate. The bill would fix a rule regarding who has to pay attorney's fees in certain child support lawsuits. Harris said the impasse was over some amendments added by Senators that Harris had approved.
“We kind of had a rule that we wouldn’t agree when the House objected to amendments," Harris said. He was hoping the House conferees would relent before midnight. It didn't happen.
Harris said he plans to file the bill again next session.