From the Morning Memo:

As lawmakers continue to reconcile their differences over a proposal to raise the age at which criminal offenders are treated as adults from 16 to 18 years old, Republican Sen. Pat Gallivan, the Senate point-man for the bill, wouldn’t quite say he’s confident it will pass.

“If people continue to listen to each other and act like adults, as we all have been, we can come to a conclusion and we can get to a place that I think works for everybody, and when I say everybody, our citizens first,” he said.

Gallivan said, overall, lawmakers and the governor are “in a good place” with the proposal, and most legislators agree with the fundamental principles that have been hammered out to date.

“We’ve always been concerned about public safety,” he said. “We recognize that 16 and 17-year-olds are different, that they should not be in the same housing. They should not be housed in a corrections setting with those that are 18 and older. We’re in agreement with the Assembly and the governor on that.”

The main disagreement continues to be about how a proposed two-tiered court system would work, specifically what would constitute lower-level offenses which would be tried in Family Court. The rest of the cases would play out in an alternative criminal court called a youth diversion court.

“As we get down to the details of it, different questions get raised and we have to try to work the details out,” Gallivan said.