The National Conference of State Legislatures has a useful guide to deadlocked state legislative chambers since 1966, and what the chambers did to resolve the issue and keep legislative business moving.
In most deadlocked legislatures, the parties have negotiated a co-leadership agreement similar to that proposed by Senate Democrats last week. With the GOP-Espada coalition continuing to rebuff the Democrats on this front, we thought it might be a good time to look at other methods that states have used to work through a tie (setting aside a tiebreaking vote by the Lieutenant Governor, of course).
Several states have negotiated a different type of power-sharing agreement. In
If all else fails, there’s always a good old fashioned coin toss, used to break ties in
The bottom line? If Senators aren’t willing to leave the leadership question up to the whims of fate or the discretion of the Governor, they’re going to have to figure out a way to work together.