Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald sent this email to his Republican cronies earlier today (bolding mine):
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM
To: *Legislative Senate Republicans
Subject: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees
With the return of the Senate Democrats this weekend, questions have arisen regarding Democrat members’ participation in Senate standing committee public hearings and executive sessions.
Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office.
Senate Majority Leader
13th Senate District
Questions, Senator Fitzgerald? I have plenty. But most of them fall under the general headings of why are you disenfranchising your political opponents? Who does holding the Senators in contempt help, besides yourselves? When will the true voice of Wisconsin be heard again?
If you’re an eligible voter in Wisconsin, sign on to recall Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, and the Republican Senators here. #