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Wisconsin Democrat Fleebaggers violate Senate Rule 23

posted at 12:25 am on February 27, 2011 by

Yes, Rule 23:

Senate Rule 23
   Senate Rule 23. Committee not to be absent. Members of a committee, except a conference committee, may not be absent by reason of their appointment during the sitting of the senate, without special leave.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2] emphasis mine

I’m a literal type of gal, and “may not” means you absolutely, positively cannot be absent–without taking special leave (maybe they could get a doctor’s note).  Here are the past and future committee schedules for February and March 2011.

Will tone-deaf, taxpayer-betraying Democrats Tim Carpenter, Spencer Coggs, Tomothy Cullen, Jon Erpenbach, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin, Robert Jauch, Chris Larson, Julie Lassa, Mark Miller, Fred Risser, Lena Taylor, Kathleen Vinehout, and Robert Wirch abide by the Senate rules that they adopted in January 2011.  Or will they continue to hold their positions in contempt and be cowards?

Will the Wisconsin Republicans hold the Democrat fleebaggers to the Wisconsin Constitution and flex their majority authority…kinda like the Democrats in the US House did with Rep. Joe Wilson?

These fleebagging Democrats not only took an oath to uphold the Wisconsin Constitution, but also the United States Constitution and could, if they really had serious moxie, enforce what is stated in both Constitutions:

Article IV, §7 (of WI document)
   Organization of legislature; quorum; compulsory attendance. Section 7. Each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide. (emphasis mine)

It would be a great day for Wisconsin taxpayers if that “may compel” became a “did compel,” because as I have stated before “working families” is code for “union families” and what have the Democrats done for private-sector families, except regulate and tax their businesses it into oblivion.

Yes, indeed, elections have consequences.  And the GOP is only getting started; it’s only been two months.

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Great find on the Senate Rule #23. Personally, I hope they stay out a little longer as their behavior only serves to expose who their real masters are, the almighty UNIONS.

Conservalicious on February 27, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Audi to show up criticizing Susananne for being “dishonest” in 3 … 2 … 1 …

BigAlSouth on February 27, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Yes, indeed, elections have consequences. And the GOP is only getting started; it’s only been two months.

Yes, but I can’t begin to recall how many times in the past my hopes have been dashed when the spines of Republicans turn to rubber. While I have high hopes, I’m not chilling the champagne quite yet.

oldleprechaun on February 27, 2011 at 7:42 AM

The problem being that either there have to be specific provisions already enacted enforcing these general rules, or the WI Senate has to have a quorum to enact them. Absent one or the other, the cited rules are an empty threat.

PersonFromPorlock on February 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

The Senate rules are the rules senators must abide by during the session which ‘have been already enacted’–they were adopted in January 2011 as linked above. Quorum does not apply here as they are not enacting or voting on anything. The senators must actually show up for work and their respective scheduled committee meetings as dictated by Rule 23. These are elected and paid (taxpayer funded) senators and they are AWOL–violating WI Senate Rule 23. This, again, is why elections matter. This theater is now turning into trading the democratic process out and supplanting it with ‘what minority group can scream the loudest.’ Senate rules are senate rules. For the record, there was a quorum in place when these rules were adopted.

SusanAnne Hiller on February 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The senators must actually show up for work and their respective scheduled committee meetings as dictated by Rule 23.

SusanAnne Hiller on February 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

But what are the penalties? I’m genuinely asking. It seems to me that if there are no prescribed penalties, Rule 23 is toothless.

PersonFromPorlock on February 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

But what are the penalties? I’m genuinely asking.

It all depends if the WI GOP has the fortitude to penalize, reprimand, etc. as I stated above. It appears to be discrentionary.

SusanAnne Hiller on February 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Spineless sore losers.

hillbillyjim on February 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I’ve been saying since this whole thing started, the governor should ask the Senate to find their absent colleagues “in contempt.” Public censure from an official body, such as your employing organization, is permanent on your work history. They can protest after the fact all they want that it was a partisan vote, but the fact will remain that all they have to do to prevent a vote of censure is show up for work and obey the rules of their workplace–like most private-sector employees do, and like public-sector employees in most states do.

According to the passage above, a quorum should be sufficient to censure the absent members, especially if due warning is given.

rwenger43 on February 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

“working families” is code for “union families

Yes, it’s become so with the MSM and the union people. It’s pejorative to non-union workers when used in this context.

jeanie on February 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM

At minimum, a loss of pay and seniority for the period they refuse to appear seems in order.

DamnCat on February 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM

It all depends if the WI GOP has the fortitude to penalize, reprimand, etc.
SusanAnne Hiller on February 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Well, in that case Moose and Squirrel are doomed!

PersonFromPorlock on February 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Let the Senate provide for a $5,000 per day fine for absence without valid excuse, valid excuses not to include absence to prevent a quorum.

Troll Feeder on February 28, 2011 at 9:27 PM

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