PA Senate GOP faces narrower majority

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 14, 2012 5:03 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate will embark on a new session in January with the narrowest Republican majority in nearly two decades.

Today was the Senate's last session day until senators are sworn in next year.

GOP senators enjoyed a large majority that helped them push through several partisan bills under Republican Governor Corbett. But Democrats closed the gap by winning three of four seats left vacant by departing Republicans. The partisan split is now 27 to 23.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says divisive issues are the exception, and that Republicans often attract votes from Democrats on high-profile bills.

Scarnati insists the Democratic gains are not a repudiation of Republican policies, but acknowledges his party will have less of a cushion on bills that lack solid GOP support.

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