House and Senate leaderships agree with the AG's provisions that permit the Superferry to operate while an EIS is being conducted. The requirement to proceed directly to the EIS is supported.
However, the legislature wants the bill to require operating conditions on the Superferry intended to mitigate adverse environmental effects.
Both the Superferry and plaintiff-environmentalists have been informally requested to submit proposed operating conditions that will be considered for inclusion in the bill.
House and Senate leaderships will have further discussions today and this weekend with each other. The Speaker and Senate President also will meet with the Governor on Saturday.
No deadline has been imposed, but the consensus of both House and Senate is to get an amended draft to their respective caucuses as early as possible.