While state Senate and House negotiators try to work out a compromise on the budget this week, most House members will stay at home. The Senate will take up pending legislation.
But representatives from both chambers could also try to hash out differences in seven bills that have been assigned to conference committees. Some are major, some are minor; but all are in danger of falling into the trash bin of the short session unless agreements can be worked out soon.
Besides the budget, here are the bills assigned to conferences after one of the chambers voted not to concur:
But the House had other ideas – lots of them. The House created three of its own regulations bills – dealing with the environment, health and safety, and businesses – but the Senate pointedly dumped them (one was ordered held in the clerk’s office and the other two deposited in an inactive committee).
The House, for its part, whittled SB 648 down to a mere two, uncontroversial provisions and sent it back to the Senate. The Senate responded, “I don’t think so.”