Hi, 1911_man.Â* Those bills are generally referred to as "Constitutional Carry," (as in, the constitution guarantees your right to carry, and the government should not be infringing by requiring a permit).
You're right - there are a couple of other threads going on here; just search for constitutional carry.
I think the answers to most of your questions are in this thread:
Basically, the bills will eliminate the requirement to get a permit before you carry concealed.Â* You're still allowed to ask the government for a piece of paper allowing you to put on your jacket when it cools off, you just don't HAVE to ask them.
Should you want a permit for reciprocity with another state, or to bypass the NCIS background check when you purchase a firearm, you're still welcome to acquire one.
Since you still have a year or two to wait before you can get a permit, the constitutional carry bills, if passed into law, would allow you to legally conceal your firearm now.