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Apocalypse
03-03-2011, 03:39 PM
Madison Republicans in the state Senate ordered Democrats on Thursday to return to the chamber by 4 p.m. or be found in contempt of the Senate - a move that means Democrats could be taken into custody.

"We simply cannot have democracy be held hostage because the minority wants to prove a point," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

Senate Democrats have been out of the state since Feb. 17 to prevent passage of GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill, which would eliminate most collective bargaining for public employee unions. At least 20 senators must be present to pass the bill, but Republicans hold just 19 seats.

The Senate adopted the resolution to find Democrats in contempt on a 19-0 vote. It says they are violating a Senate rule that requires senators to receive a leave of absence before being absent for a day.


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Fitzgerald said the resolution would allow the absent Democrats to be taken into custody, which he called "a legal difference from arrest." He said that citizens who see absent Democrats in Wisconsin could report them to police.

The resolution says if Democrats do not return to the chamber by 4 p.m. Thursday, they are in contempt of the Senate and Fitzgerald shall order Senate Sergeant at Arms Ted Blazel to "take any and all necessary steps, with or without force, and with or without the assistance of law enforcement officers, by warrant or other legal process, as he may deem necessary in order to bring that senator to the Senate chambers so that the Senate may convene with a quorum of no less than 20 senators."

At the conclusion of the next Senate session they attend, the Democrats could challenge the contempt finding before the Senate.

But Fitzgerald also said that even after Democrats return, Republicans would consider additional possible discipline for them, such as reprimanding them, censuring them or expelling them from the Senate.


http://www.jsonline.com/newswatch/117325998.html

lacarnut
03-03-2011, 03:48 PM
Contempt, fines and recalls are in order.


Off topic a tad but what if Repubs decided to do the exact same thing in blue states or even in the Congress when they did not like a bill where the Democrats had the votes to pass it. The liberal press would have a shit fit. What these jerks in WI are doing is not representative government. They are abusing their power and should be punished or recalled.

PoliCon
03-03-2011, 03:52 PM
Contempt, fines and recalls are in order.


Off topic a tad but what if Repubs decided to do the exact same thing in blue states or even in the Congress when they did not like a bill where the Democrats had the votes to pass it. The liberal press would have a shit fit. What these jerks in WI are doing is not representative government. They are abusing their power and should be punished or recalled.

AH! But it's okay when THEY do it. :rolleyes:

Arroyo_Doble
03-03-2011, 03:54 PM
Fitzgerald called on any Wisconsin citizens who see the senators to contact police

Perhaps he should issue an Amber alert.

ColonialMarine0431
03-03-2011, 03:56 PM
I hate to be a downer, but this resolution is useless since the democRATs in question are out of the Sgt. at Arms' jurisdiction.

Hawkgirl
03-03-2011, 06:00 PM
If this doesn't prove that democrats are a bunch of cowards......

Adam Wood
03-03-2011, 06:15 PM
I hate to be a downer, but this resolution is useless since the democRATs in question are out of the Sgt. at Arms' jurisdiction.Maybe not:


...[O]rder Senate Sergeant at Arms Ted Blazel to "take any and all necessary steps, with or without force, and with or without the assistance of law enforcement officers, by warrant or other legal process, as he may deem necessary in order to bring that senator to the Senate chambers so that the Senate may convene with a quorum of no less than 20 senators."

Sounds to me like the senate has granted the power to issue a warrant to the sergeant-at-arms. Assuming that this is legal under Wisconsin law (and apparently it is), then the sergeant-at-arms can simply issue a warrant, present it to the fleebaggers (thanks, TRG!) in Rockville, and the Illinois state patrol can tell the runners that they have to accompany them at least to the Wisconsin state line, at which point the Wisconsin troopers or whoever can escort them to the senate chamber.

Apocalypse
03-03-2011, 06:33 PM
That or wait till some of them return late at night to their homes for cloths or nail some of those have have been heading into Racing for talks about the bill and arrest them there.

The fleebaggers have been crossing back into Wisconsin every so often and law enforcement have known about it.