Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle apparently survived another attempt to circumscribe his authority over the state Senate this morning.
As previously reported, there was an attempt on Monday to insert language into a resolution on the Senate consent agenda that would have given President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, control of the Senate committee that holds the chambers purse-strings.
Say-so over the money, means say-so over staff. And that’s important.
But Cagle refused to call the item to a vote, and a days’ worth of backroom strategizing followed. (The exact wording of the Monday proposal remains a mystery. For some reason — no doubt a Senate staffer obsessed with recycling — all copies have disappeared.)
A morning meeting of the Senate Republican caucus stretched into overtime while a compromise was hashed out.
Under the measure that was approved by a 37-16 vote today, Williams indeed wins the chairmanship of the Committee on Administrative Affairs. But Cagle retains a majority