Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader, Senator Scott Fitzgerald has notified the Republican Caucus that all 14 Democrat Senators who fled the state to avoid voting on issues they opposed are still in “contempt of the Senate” and their votes in Standing Committees will be NOT be counted or recorded:
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM
To: *Legislative Senate Republicans
Subject: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees
With the return of the Senate Democrats this weekend, questions have arisen regarding Democrat members’ participation in Senate standing committee public hearings and executive sessions.
Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office.
Senate Majority Leader
13th Senate District
There may be more to this than a little sweet revenge. The Democrat vote could be helped along with a GOP defecter(s) – not saying that will/would happen, just…what if? But there’s no “what if” if they can’t vote in the first place.