Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney negotiated from his hospital bed the power-sharing deal with Republicans, for the upcoming legislative session. The state Senate will be divided evenly between Democrats and Republicans for the first time in 125 years, but both sides were at loggerheads on reaching a power-sharing arrangement until Wednesday, one day after top Democrat Looney underwent a successful kidney transplant.
Looney, who will remain as Senate leader called the deal “a fair compromise.” But he also added in his statement: “With bipartisan power comes bipartisan responsibility.”
His counterpart, Sen Len Fasano, who will be classified as the Senate Republican President Pro Tem, stated, “This agreement sets a historic precedent for lawmakers to work together, no matter which party holds the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.”
The Lt. Gov., in this case Democrat Nancy Wyman, will still cast tie breaking votes.