Senate GOP leaders suspends direct deposit for missing dems

In their latest attempt to force Dems back to the Senate, GOP leaders have voted to require their missing counterparts to pick up their paychecks, per diems or any expense check in person on the chamber floor.

Senate Org voted by paper ballot today 3-2 along party lines to impose the requirement on any senator absent without leave for two or more days.

The ballot also suspends direct deposit for any lawmaker absent and specifies the majority leader will only provide the checks to the missing senators and only on the Senate floor during a session day.

– By JR Ross

TO: Members of the Committee on Senate Organization
FROM: Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Chair
DATE: February 22, 2011

SUBJECT: Results of Senate Org. Ballot 11-027, Dated February 22, 2011
The Committee on Senate Organization, by a vote of Ayes, 3 (Fitzgerald, Ellis, and Grothman);
Noes, 2 (Miller and Hansen); and Not Voting, 0, has approved the following motion:

[MOTION] That the Chief Clerk provide the paycheck, per diem check, and any expense
reimbursement check of any Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days to
the Majority Leader for the absent member to pick up in person. Until the Majority Leader
authorizes the Chief Clerk to reinstate direct deposit, the Chief Clerk shall suspend the direct
deposit of the paycheck of any such Senator and process the Senator’s pay as a paper check.
The Majority Leader shall provide the checks only to the absent Senator and only on the floor of
the Senate during a session day.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.


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