Closely divided Senate holds voice vote on thermostat change - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Closely divided Senate holds voice vote on thermostat change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The closely divided state Senate is accustomed to floor fights about weighty issues.

On Tuesday, the members proved that even more lighthearted issues like complaints about the temperature in the chamber can lead to gridlock.

The Senate held a voice vote on whether to turn down the air conditioning after Sen. John Wilder, a Mason Democrat who has served in the upper chamber for more than four decades, said that the room was too cold.

It wasn't clear which side prevailed on the vote but Speaker Ron Ramsey, a Blountville Republican, brokered a compromise by instructing the clerk to turn the thermostat up by 3 degrees.

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