The Wisconsin Republicans in the senate voted to give the the 14 AWOL senators until 4 pm today to show up to work or face arrest, finding them “in contempt and disorderly behavior.”
The question of constitutionality is raging. Wisconsin senators have hired an attorney. From Wisconsin State Journal:
The Senate also voted to institute a “call of the house,” which is the mechanism used to compel senators to return to the chamber.
That means the Senate sergeant at arms can “with or without force” and with or without the help of law enforcement take missing members into custody and bring them to the Capitol.
Fitzgerald said the senators could only be taken into custody if they return to Wisconsin.
To be clear, when these legislators fled their state and their duty, they did so in disobeyance of a “call of the house.”
UPDATE: The 4 pm EST deadline passed over an hour ago. Stay tuned. Memorandum is on it and their new thread says Dems are whining about “meeting halfway.”