The Wisconsin state Senate Republicans backed away Tuesday afternoon from a controversial sanction they handed down against state Senate Democrats, who had fled the state in an attempt to block passage of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union proposals. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Senate President Mike Ellis will not enforce the contempt declaration handed down against the Dems -- which, as Fitzgerald saidÂ Monday, stripped the Dems of the right to vote in committee proceedings.
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In addition, Republicans will not enforce the fines, of $100 for each additional missed session day, that they handed down late during the Dems' absence,
"The name of the game is moving this state forward, putting this stuff behind us," Ellis said. "Let's get on with the people's business. Let's stop all the bickering."