This morning, I posted a quick session review and explanation of the conference committee process. Two things:
First, I was wrong about the bills. Instead of the House passing an amended Senate bill, the Senate amended the House bills and sent them back. No big deal, just five bills instead of one. The conference report could be issued for all of the bills, or as one comprehensive package.
Second, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the House and Senate have appointed their conferees:
The House “conferees” will be lead by Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, who’s in line to follow Rubio as speaker. The others are: Republican Reps. Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale, Don Brown of DeFuniak Springs, Dean Cannon of Winter Park, Adam Hasner of Delray Beach, Stan Mayfield of Vero Beach, Ron Reagan of Bradenton and David Rivera of Miami, and Democratic Reps. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach, Jack Seiler of Wilton Manors, Priscilla Taylor of West Palm Beach and Curtis Richardson of Tallahassee.
The Senate “conferees” will be lead by Senate Banking and Insurance Chairman Bill Posey, R-Rockledge. The rest: Republican Sens. J.D. Alexanderof Lake Wales, Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach, Don Gaetz of Niceville, Durell Peaden of Crestview, Rhonda Storms of Brandon and Dan Webster of Winter Garden, and Democratic Sens. Mandy Dawson of Fort Lauderdale, Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, Steve Geller of Cooper City, Al Lawson of Tallahassee and Frederica Wilson of Miami.
It will be interesting to see how quickly they can hash out the differences.
As often happens, additional members were appointed, again from the Sentinel:
UPDATE: Add to the House list Republican Reps: Marti Coley of Marianna, Denise Grimsley of Lake Placid and Dick Kravitz of Jacksonville.
UPDATE#2: Also add Republican Reps. Trey Traviesa of Tampa and Democatic Reps. Joyce Cusack of DeLand and Franklin Sands of Weston.