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Senate votes to start imposing fines on Democrats


MADISON (AP) -- The 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled the state nearly three weeks ago now face $100 fines for each session day they miss.

Republicans in the Senate approved resolutions starting the fines on Wednesday without discussion.

Democrats left the state on Feb. 17 to avoid voting on a bill taking away most collective bargaining rights for nearly all public workers.

On Tuesday Gov. Scott Walker's office released e-mails that showed areas where he would be willing to compromise, including allowing bargaining over wages with no limits and expanding other areas that could be part of negotiations.

Democrats have not accepted the offer and senators who were part of the talks with Walker have said the deal doesn't go far enough.

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