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Wis. GOPers Restore Voting Rights To Senate Dems, Lift Fines


Earlier Tuesday, Fitzgerald told the paper that the contempt ruling, which was handed down because the Dems wouldn't return to the session of the full chamber, would stand until the Dems were present for a roll call in the chamber -- which is expected to take place later this spring for Walker's budget.

However, Fitzgerald said he has received assurances from the Dems that they will participate in those future sessions.

Also, as WisPolitics reported earlier, the Senate Organization committee passed a rule rescinding some key punishments it had handed down against the Dems during the standoff, targeting the Dems' staffers: Limiting the staffers' access to copy machines, having the Republican majority leader approve the staffers' time sheets, and placing the staffers under the supervision of GOP senators.

However, the approval was passed 3-0 -- three Republican, and no Democrats -- as at that juncture there were still no Dem votes on committees.