Republicans leave floor, Senate adjourns without 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