It's the end of July and the House and Senate are still in session. Here are three signs that they'll be done soon.
* House Speaker Joe Hackney told members to prepare next week for a lighter committee schedule as they work on the budget.
* The House and Senate approved another extension to the continuing resolution, which allows the state to function even though it has no budget. And unlike the last two resolutions, this time the House didn't insist on a deadline. Maybe that's because they figure they don't need one.
* Sen. David Hoyle and Rep. Paul Luebke stood next to each other and agreed on something. Hoyle, of Dallas, perhaps the most business-sympathetic Democrat in the legislature, and Luebke, of Durham, one of the more outspoken liberals in the legislature, agreed Thursday on a tax deal.