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Majority leader says Democrats votes don’t count

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate majority leader says votes by Democrats don’t count in committee because they remain in contempt.

Republican Scott Fitzgerald says Democrats can attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation and even cast a vote, but those votes won’t be recorded.

Fourteen Democrats fled to Illinois last month to avoid voting on a bill that ends most collective bargaining for the majority of state employees and were declared in contempt of the Senate. They returned to the Capitol Saturday.

Democratic Senator Bob Jauch told the Journal Sentinel it doesn’t matter because Gov. Scott Walker has signed the bill. Fitzgerald spokesman Andrew Welhouse said Democrats will remain in contempt until they attend a session. There are no sessions scheduled for this week.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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