Still No Deal On Sharing Power In Senate

Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, will undergo kidney transplant surgery today before being able to reach an agreement with Senate Republicans over how the now evenly divided upper chamber is organized. The Senate, which had been held by a 21-15 Democratic majority, will be split 18-18 between the parties when the 2017 session opens. Meanwhile, there’s still a disagreement about whether Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman should be able to break a tie vote when it comes to the re-electing Looney president pro tem of the Senate on opening day. Democrats insist that Wyman has the ability to break a tie vote on leadership, but Republicans are willing to challenge that notion, possibly in court, if they don’t get any say in what legislation is debated in the chamber.

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