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Democrats, Republicans make moves to work together


 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state senators are starting to take steps to reconcile following the Democrats' decision to flee the state for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away most collective bargaining rights for public workers.


On Tuesday Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he would rescind contempt orders placed against the Democrats when they were gone. That will allow Democrats to have their votes in committee action counted.

Fitzgerald says he's comfortable doing that after Democrats made assurances to him they won't flee the state again.

Also on Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen drafted a constitutional amendment that would lower the number of senators needed to vote on budget bills. Fitzgerald says he supports that idea, which would prevent lawmakers from fleeing the Capitol to block bills.

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