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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 tells the Journal Sentinel it doesn't matter because Gov. Scott Walker has signed the bill.

Fitzgerald spokesman Andrew Welhouse says Democrats will remain in contempt until they attend a session. None is scheduled this week.

Online Reporter: Alex Haight

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