Even tho' I sent the email last week, my senator and the minority leader of the house were not really prepared or versed in the bill. They asked me to send them an email. I said, "I sent you one last week." He said, "Please send me another." I also told him that I understand he gets hundreds of emails a day .....
I had print outs of the bill and both amendments with me, which I gave to my senator to take with him. Gave him my card and he said, "Oh I remember this card!" I said, 'Well, take more and pass them along!" (guys ... here's the lesson in having a non black-n-white card, one that really stands out!
I was very complimented after the meeting when two attorneys approached me to compliment the detailed questions and "..... it's nice to see someone so prepared at these meetings!" Quite a few chamber members were complimentary, also. So I hope that means, even tho' I didn't really get any answers, that it showed I was serious about my questions and about this bill.
Maryj, I do not think "engrossed" means the bill has passed. http://www.ask.com/bar?q=what+does+it+mean+when+a+bill+is+%22engrossed%22%3F&page=1&qsrc=0&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.blurtit.com%2Fq651752.html
A bill has to go thru the senate/house a number of times. You may have heard the terms "second reading", "third reading" or "final reading". A bill never gets passed in committee and becomes law without going thru another vote in the senate and then going thru the 2nd and 3rd readings. Sometimes they will waived 2nd and 3rd readings, but not always. I have a personal friend who has been a senator for over 20 years and he has told me that he has let some of his own bills die by never bringing them up for 2nd or final reading.
So .... no real news to report this morning. But I'll re-send my email to him as soon as I'm done here.