Amend CSSB 709 (senate committee report) as follows:
(1)  In the recital to SECTION 1 of the bill (page 1, line 27), between "(e-2)," and "(i-1)" insert "(e-3), (e-4),".
(2)  In SECTION 1 of the bill, in added Subsection 2003.047(e-2), Government Code (page 1, lines 45-46), strike "or the administrative law judge, if applicable, under Subsection (e)".
(3)  In SECTION 1 of the bill, in amended Section 2003.047, Government Code (page 1, between lines 46 and 47), insert the following:
(e-3)  The deadline specified by Subsection (e-2) may be extended:
(1)  by agreement of the parties with the approval of the administrative law judge; or
(2)  by the administrative law judge if the judge determines that failure to extend the deadline would unduly deprive a party of due process or another constitutional right.
(e-4)  For the purposes of Subsection (e-3)(2), a political subdivision has the same constitutional rights as an individual.