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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 12:34 AM

Senate Announces Power Sharing Agreement

HARTFORD, CT — Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement on how to operate an evenly divided chamber.

Senate President Martin Looney will keep his title of Senate President Pro Tempore and Sen. Len Fasano will have the title of Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, will remain the Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-Canton, will serve as the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

But more important than titles, the power will be shared equally when it comes to which bills will be raised for a vote.

The agreement, which helps avoid a lawsuit, will give more power to Republicans than they’ve had in the past as the minority party. The recent election saw the Senate shift from a 21-15 majority held by Democrats to an even 18-18 split.

Read more: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/senate_announces_power_sharing_agreement/

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