By\u00a0Ross Ramsey\r\nMaybe your job is like this, too: The Texas Legislature does most of its work on deadline.\r\nAnd here we are, with two weeks to go in the regular legislative session, and many of the big things that appeared on the to-do list back in January\u00a0remain unfinished.\r\nThe budget. New voting and election restrictions. Responses to the winter storm electric outages.\r\nRemember Gov.\u00a0Greg Abbott\u2019s\u00a0list of \u201cemergency issues\u201d\u00a0that merited immediate attention? Expanding broadband internet access, punishing local governments that cut police budgets, changing the bail system, ensuring \u201celection integrity\u201d and protecting businesses that stayed open during the pandemic from lawsuits.\r\nBroadband expansion is headed for a study, though the federal pandemic relief includes some money to get internet service into some places that don\u2019t have it now. Abbott\u2019s other issues are still alive, though, and one \u2014 the voting changes proposed in\u00a0Senate Bill 7\u00a0\u2014 could be the subject of negotiations after the House\u00a0approved a much more modest\u00a0set of voting restrictions than the Senate approved.\r\nIf you\u2019re an expert-level government nerd, you might remember Lt. Gov.\u00a0Dan Patrick\u2019s\u00a0long wish list \u2014 the Senate bills with the lowest numbers of 1 through 31. It overlapped with the governor\u2019s a bit and included the budget, which is often called the only bill that really must pass.\r\nAs of Friday morning, about a third of those bills were in final stages, a good number were still locked in House committees, and others will survive if they get some elbowing; that is, they can still be shaken loose.\r\nThis is the kind of thing that makes legislators and the people around them nervous.\r\nLegislation that has won approval from both the Senate and the House is trickling into the governor\u2019s office for signature, for approval without signature, or for vetoes. Abbott has said, for example,\u00a0that he\u2019ll sign a bill that outlaws abortions after the sixth week\u00a0of pregnancy.\r\nSome bills are headed for conference committees made up of five senators and five House members who work out the differences between what the full Senate and full House approved. A prominent example is\u00a0House Bill 1927, which would allow Texans to carry guns without licenses or permits. The governor has said he\u2019ll sign that one, too,\u00a0if legislators send it to him.\r\nIt\u2019s always dangerous to call anything completely and utterly dead while the Legislature is still in business, but some bills would come back only with parliamentary magic, like Sen.\u00a0Joan Huffman\u2019s proposal to remake the state\u2019s criminal appellate courts.\u00a0Senate Bill 11\u00a0made Patrick\u2019s wish list, but didn\u2019t get out of committee; two identical House bills never even got hearings.\r\nSome bills have no reason to come up at all, at least in this legislative session. Patrick included Senate redistricting on his list \u2014 an issue that can\u2019t be addressed until Texas gets detailed data from the U.S. census. That\u2019s\u00a0not expected until September.\r\nBut the scorekeeping can wait. First, lawmakers have a sprint in front of them as they hurry to finish the work they promised voters earlier in the session. They have two weeks left on the calendar, but earlier deadlines loom on their internal calendars. It\u2019s already too late for a House bill to be considered for the first time in the House; another deadline \u2014 for Senate bills \u2014 comes next Tuesday.\r\nThe legislation promised and proposed after February\u2019s storm and the outages that came with it \u2014 from a warning system for the state when something like that is approaching to weatherization that would help electric plants stay in operation \u2014 still hasn\u2019t won legislative approval.\r\nThe state budget is pending but on track. But lawmakers haven\u2019t explained how they\u2019ll spend billions in federal relief money that isn\u2019t included in that budget. That\u2019s still on the list. So are many of the police reforms promised by Abbott and others after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd almost a year ago.\r\nThe list of things still undone is formidable \u2014 a regular feature of this stage of a legislative session.\r\nLawmakers haven\u2019t finished yet, but they haven\u2019t had to. Now they\u2019re up against a hard deadline. That\u2019s when we find out what they really think is necessary.\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.