The purpose of the caucus was to inform members on the ramifications of Judge Cardoza's ruling, to brief members on the meeting held yesterday between Speaker, Senate President and the Governor, to go over the procedures and time frame of a special session, and to discuss possible legislation.
About a dozen protesters greeted the lawmakers as they walked into Room 325 at the Capitol for the meeting. Following the caucus, House leadership made the following points to media:
- There is general consensus that House majority members will agree to come back into special session to resolve the Superferry issue, but the devil is in the details on how to accomplish that.
- The House, Senate and Governor agreed that the Governor will call the special session after reviewing draft legislation provided by the Attorney General. The House will not call itself back into session, and leadership has never contemplated or recommended calling itself back into special session.
- The Attorney General is preparing draft legislation for the legislature to consider. The proposed bill should be in the hands of leadership to review by some time tomorrow.