Busy Week of Legislative Negotiating Gets Underway

May 23, 2016

 

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

House and Senate lawmakers are kicking off a busy week of negotiations on issues ranging from regulating police body cameras to banning the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors.

As the session winds to close, the two chambers must find common ground on bills they've both passed, but with different details. The negotiating teams are known as committees of conference. If agreement isn't reached, the bills will die in committee.

Notable proposals up for debate deal with eliminating certain mandatory minimum prison sentences, banning the practice of bestiality, decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and lengthening the amount of time records are kept at the child protective services agency.

Each bill that survives the committee process then needs approval from both chambers before going to the governor's desk.