The Texas House on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn compensation for use of their name, image and likeness, paving the way for the legislation to reach the governor’s desk this week.

The House approved by a 117-27 vote Senate Bill 1385 authored by Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, that is designed to keep the state in step with a nationwide movement by state legislatures to allow student-athletes to profit off their own names. The Senate originally passed the bill by a 28-2 vote.

Creighton now must decide to concur with the bill, as amended by the House to disallow college athletes from signing with an agent and become effective in July rather than September, or send to committee, but he is expected to sign off quickly and send the measure to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Neither Creighton’s office nor Abbott’s office immediately returned a phone message Sunday afternoon.

The bill would take effect July 1.

However, Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, who sponsored the bill in the House along with Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston, who presented it on the floor, was confident about the passage of the bill.