Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2006
Senator Morgan and Senator Coffee speak with the press about
SENATE LEADERS ANNOUNCE POWER-SHARING AGREEMENT
and Republicans in the Oklahoma State Senate have reached a historic
agreement to share power, Senate leaders announced Tuesday. The
48-member Senate has an unprecedented tie of 24 Republicans to 24
The leaders said the
historic agreement will ensure that the Senate’s business can be conducted in an
orderly fashion, and follows several weeks of intense negotiations. A tentative
agreement was reached by negotiators last Friday, and it was formally approved
by both parties’ caucuses Tuesday morning.
“I am proud of the
agreement we are announcing here today,” said President Pro Tempore Mike
D-Stillwater. “Faced with the challenge of an equal partisan divide, the
members of the State Senate have chosen to respond with a bipartisan accord that
will ensure that the Senate will continue to efficiently and effectively
undertake the people’s business and provide a steadying hand for our state.”
“Many pundits and doubters
predicted partisan gridlock in the State Senate because of the tie, but it
hasn’t happened. Oklahoma’s state senators today have put aside partisanship to
reach this historic agreement. Republicans and Democrats alike realize that we
must work together to make sure the people’s business gets done,” stated Senate
Co-President Pro Tempore Designate Glenn Coffee,
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STATE SENATE’S POWER-SHARING AGREEMENT
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
Democratic Senator Mike Morgan will serve as
President Pro Tempore for the next two years, except from July 1 through July
31, 2007, when he will serve as Co-President Pro Tempore.
Republican Senator Glenn Coffee will serve as
Co-President Pro Tempore for the next two years, except from July 1 through
July 31, 2007, when he will serve as President Pro Tempore.
The President Pro Tempore and Co-President Pro
Tempore will jointly share authority in the State Senate.
Each party will appoint a co-floor leader.
The co-floor leaders will share the
responsibility for scheduling the daily legislative calendar.
The co-floor leaders will rotate the
management of floor activities on a daily basis.
Each committee will have equal numbers of
Democrats and Republicans.
Each committee will have a Republican and
Democratic co-chair, who will share the responsibility of running the
For more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774