No pact yet on license bill
Democrats, who control the Legislature, say they will send the legislation to the governor, even if the two sides cannot reach agreement and he vetoes it.
But Thompson said the Republican governor - an Austrian immigrant - remains committed to the legislation, provided his concerns are met.
Thompson declined to speculate on whether the governor will deal with the legislation this year, but she added that Schwarzenegger is "an eternal optimist." "It's not a matter of timing," she said. "It's a matter of getting the policy right."
Thompson said the administration has been talking with security experts "to make sure that we can adequately address the issue of background checks."
"These are very complicated issues," she said. "(We) want to make sure that we ensure that public safety is enhanced throughout the process."
What if he is sent the version he is looking for?