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Ga. senators assign leadership roles
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Georgia state Senate leaders caucused Monday evening and decided on a shared arrangement that leaves Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with a great deal of authority, said Republican Caucus Chairman Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, after the meeting in Athens.

“Every senator had a seat at the table and had a voice,” Miller said. “That includes the lieutenant governor.”

Senate leaders say they are united and ready to work together on the issues that are important to the state.

Cagle said Monday evening that the Senate leadership team is more united now than ever.

He was joined by Sen. David Shafer and Sen. Ronnie Chance, who have been nominated by Senate Republicans to serve as president pro tempore and majority leader, respectively.

The united front from the three Senate leaders marks a strong contrast from the last two years, when a power struggle derailed negotiations on major legislation and made it difficult to conduct daily business.

Former Republican Senate leaders Chip Rogers of Woodstock and Tommie Williams of Lyons led the “coup” against the lieutenant governor when the two were elected by the caucus before the 2011 session.

Williams decided not to seek re-election as president pro tempore and Rogers has recently resigned from the Senate for a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Cagle said they’re prepared to move forward in January with the rules of the Senate and will discuss division of power then.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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