Senate and Assembly Republicans Propose Measures for the Mortgage Conference Committee Process

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Yesterday evening, Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare), Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R- Diamond Bar); Vice Chair, Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee, Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo); and Vice Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee, Don Wagner (R-Irvine) issued a letter to both Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg stating that “the foreclosure crisis is serious for all Californians. Members of our caucuses represent some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the nation, and we have seen firsthand the cost it has imposed upon families and our communities. While we have voiced our strong objections to the process by which you have sought to convene a Conference Committee on Foreclosure Issues, we have done so with the objective of ensuring legislative sunshine as this policy – which will affect millions of Californians – is developed.” 

Republican members also requested that as the Mortgage Conference Committee process is developed that the process provides for the following:

  1. Inclusion of the minority party representatives in the development of committee agendas, including allowing for the minority party representatives to call an equal number of witnesses.

  1. Inclusion of the minority party representatives in the development of the scope of issues under discussion, as well as the prospective timeline and number of committee hearings.

  1. Appropriate four-day file notice of all hearings/meetings of the Conference Committee.

  1. Availability of the agendas to the public three days prior to the hearings/meetings.

  1. A three-day in-print review period of any conference report prior to signature by members of the Conference Committee.

  1. Prior notice to the minority party representatives and their staff of any proposals to be discussed by the conference committee at the same time that the text of the proposal, in Legislative Counsel RN format, is made available to the majority members, in order to provide time for an adequate review of the proposal.

  1. Opportunity for members of the Conference Committee to offer amendments/language in public session to be considered for the conference report.

  1. All hearings/meetings of the Conference Committee shall start during normal working hours, on normal days of the work week, and shall be televised to ensure maximum public access.

Here is a link to the full letter: