Democrats in the Connecticut state Senate are still reluctant to share power, even though they will enter the new legislative session next month evenly split with Republicans. For the first time in 123 years, the Senate will be divided between both major parties, 18-18. That would normally mean co-chairmanships on committees, but both sides have yet to come up with how to share assignments.
Some Democrats are even suggesting they are still the majority party in the upper chamber, because the Lt. Gov., a Democrat, would break any tie vote. According to Hearst Media Connecticut, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M Looney, D-New Haven, has asked State Attorney General George Jepsen for an advisory opinion on how to divvy up power.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, is hopeful a solution can be reached on how power will be shared. “The issue is respecting the wishes of the voters who said ‘we would like shared power and equalization,'” he told Hearst Media. But that did not stop Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, from firing a salvo at the Republicans. “For a long time, Republicans have asked for a seat at the table, and we expect them to produce votes,” he said.
The new session gets underway Jan. 4.