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Anti-crime conferees named.

As The Weekly went to press, House-Senate conferees were named and work was underway to resolve the differences between the House and Senate 1991 anti-crime bills.

The key issue for cities and towns is whether or not conferees will adopt, as part of the final crime package, the NLC-supported, House-passed provisions calling on the attorney general to study the procedures followed in internal, noncriminal investigations of State and local law enforcement officers--or--the NLC-opposed, Senate-passed Police Officers' Bill of Rights provisions.

Senate Demorcrat Conferees are: Joseph Biden (DE), Edward Kennedy (MA), Howard Metzenbaum (OH), Dennis DeConcini (AZ), Patrick Leahy (VT). Senate Republicans are: Storm Thurmond (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT) and Alan Simpson (WY).

House Democrats are: Jack Brooks (TX), Don Edwards (CA), John Conyers (MI), William Hughes (NJ), Charles Schunner (NY), Harley Staggers (WVA). Democrats Ed Feighan (OH) and Mike Kopetski (OR) will be conferees on the weapons issue. Republicans are: Henry Hyde (Il), James Sensenbrenner (WI), Bill McCollum (FL), George Gekas (PA). Steve Schiff will represent Republicans on the weapons issue.

Representatives from several other House committees were appointed as conferees on a number of other specific titles in the bill. However, the above named House and Senate members represent those who will deal with the Police Officer's Bill of Rights.

One of the leading issues holding up conference for the past three weeks is a disagreement over the ratio of Senate Democrats to Senate Republicans to be represented on the conference. Last Wednesday night, differences were resolved and it was agreed that the conference would be made up of 5 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

An additional issue resulting in further delays was an attempt by Sen. Steve Symms (R-ID) to hold fast to his opposition to the waiting period provisions for handgun purchases and the ban on certain assault weapons contained in the Senate-passed bill. A unanimous consent is required for conference to proceed. Symms had initially refused to go along.

Conferees were expected to work over the weekend in an attempt to adjourn for the year prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Title Annotation:conferees to resolve the differences between the House and Senate anti-crime bills
Author:Quist, Janet
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 25, 1991
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