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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

 12:10 PM 

Ellis threatens to fine self

Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, has never shied away from a debate on the floor over state finances.

But he doesn't have the same leeway that he used to have now that he's in the president's chair.

As Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, knocked the bill, Ellis interjected in a little give and take.

After Risser finished his speech, Ellis apologized to the body and said he wouldn't refrain from doing that again while in the president's chair. Instead, he promised he would turn over the gavel so he could take his seat on the floor if he wants to engage in the debate.

"I think I’m going to fine myself, maybe 10 dollars a day or something," Ellis said, referencing the fines Republicans levied against their missing Dem counterparts last month and then withdrew.

-- By JR Ross


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