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Pressure increasing for missing Senate Democrats


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is trying to increase the pressure on 14 Senate Democrats who skipped town on Feb. 17 to avoid passage of a bill taking away collective bargaining rights.

Fitzgerald is proposing that he, instead of the Democratic senators, be given the authority to review and approve timesheets for those who work for the Democrats. He would also deactivate copy machine access codes for the missing senators' offices.

The proposal was made in a ballot sent Monday to members of the Senate's organizational committee that Republicans control.

A spokesman for Fitzgerald had no immediate comment on whether the changes had been approved.

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