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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Republicans leave floor, Senate adjourns without a quorum

The Alabama Senate will return to work at 10 a.m. Wednesday after the members adjourned late Tuesday because there were not enough members present for a quorum.

Republicans, who stalled throughout the day, left the floor after 10 p.m. so there would not be enough members present.

Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, tried to get Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., who presides over the Senate, to rule that the Republicans were present because he saw them leave the floor.

Folsom, a Democrat, said he wanted to see them continue to work, but told Bedford he did not have the authority to make them come to the floor.

A majority of senators must be present and on the floor for there to be a quorum.

The Senate did pass the $1.5 billion General Fund.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen


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