Republican state senators in Pennsylvania took the rare move of barring the Democratic lieutenant governor from presiding over the Senate amid a chaotic first day of a new session.
After Senate Democrats attempted to stop new senators from being sworn in, the Republican-held Senate voted to prevent Lt. Gov. John Fetterman from presiding over the day’s session on the grounds that Fetterman was not following rules or recognizing their legislative motions, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In Pennsylvania, the lieutenant governor, like the vice president of the United States, presides over the state Senate.
“I had no desire to ruin picture day,” Fetterman said afterward. “It came down to, there’s got to be a way for both sides to maintain their dignity and we can find a way forward. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.”
Democrats wanted to hold off on swearing in new senators because one race, between Democratic state Sen. Jim Brewster and Republican Nicole Ziccarelli,