From the official Senate Journal of June 3, 2008:
"On motion of Senator MARTIN, the Senate insisted upon its amendments to S.
3212 [there is no such bill as S. 3212, it should be H. 3212 as written
below] and asked for a Committee of Conference.
Whereupon, Senators HAWKINS, KNOTTS, and WILLIAMS were appointed to the
Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate and a message was sent to
the House accordingly.
*H. 3212--Recorded Vote*
Senator GROOMS, BRYANT and VERDIN desired to be recorded as voting against
insisting on Senate amendments."
It appears the Senate has refused to grant free conference powers to the
conference committee. If that is correct, then the conference committee
will have to choose between the House version and the Senate version. The
House version is good. The Senate version is worse than existing law.
We need to contact the House members once we know who they are and let them
know NOT to agree to the Senate version of H. 3212.
Then, we should contact Hawkins and Williams to let them know we want the
House version passed, not the Senate version. Hawkins is leaving the Senate
at the end of this session. Williams is a Democrat. We have virtually no
power to influence these senators.
Contacting Knotts is a waste of time, since he has been the roadblock to
passing H. 3212 as a good recognition bill or even as a better than we have
now reciprocity bill. But, it can't hurt to let him know how you feel if
you have the time. :-)