Texas now getting ready for indys... thanks to Texas House Bill 1193. On Tuesday the bill was placed on the placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar. The bill, which passed committee about one month ago, now is rolling along.
The bill is good for both major and minor parties. The bill keeps the most rules in place, but the big change is allowing filing for Presidential Candidates up until one day after a party's convention.
This was a big concern in the 2008 election. The old rules said a candidate had to file 70 days before the general election. With conventions moving later on the calendar a number of parties were in the danger zone of not qualifying for the Texas ballot (and all of those electoral votes).
There was even a lawsuit involving Bob Barr (Lib).
Representative Kelly Hancock - http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist91/hancock.php
Representative John E. Davis - http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist129/davis.php
Representative Dan Flynn - http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist2/flynn.php
Texas House - http://www.legis.state.tx.us/billlookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB1193&Sort=A
DallasNews.com "Libertarian Bob Barr sues to have McCain, Obama cast off Texas' ballot" - http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-barr_19pol.ART.State.Edition1.268aa61.html