House Speaker Mitzi Johnson ended days of negotiations on two of the Democrats’ major priorities and adjourned the House — without an agreement with the Senate.
Johnson gave Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe an ultimatum Friday morning. In a letter, she gave Ashe until noon to agree on a paid family leave and minimum wage compromise, or she said she would adjourn the House.
And she did, turning what had been a long-running feud with Senate Democrats into a victory for representatives who said they were tired of being held hostage by Ashe.
It was a major victory for Johnson, who had struggled to negotiate with Senate leaders over the minimum wage and paid family leave bills. The acrimony between the House speaker and Ashe had been building for weeks and on Friday the bile spilled over into what one lawmaker compared with a standoff at the OK Corral.