Governing reports on the failures of deadlocked legislatures throughout the country. The story points to the example of Washington State House of Representatives, where "a 49-49 tie between Republicans and Democrats ... has bogged down legislation and set nerves on edge almost continuously in Olympia for the last three years." The article looks at ties four other legislative bodies: the Maine, South Carolina, Arizona and Missouri Senates. The report reveals a variation of power-sharing agreements that legislators come up with in order to solve the deadlocks created by voters.
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