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Thursday, May 19, 2011

 11:03 AM 

Emotions runs high as voter ID bill pushed to passage

The Republicans stuck to their plan and ended debate on the voter ID bill precisely at 11 a.m., cutting off Dem Sen. Fred Risser's floor comments.

When the vote was finished, only five Dem votes were on the record and protesters in the gallery shouted "shame, shame, shame" at the Republicans, a refrain that has become familiar over the last few tumultuous months in Madison.

Some Dems didn't answer the the Chief Clerk's call for their vote, and the vote ended up 19-5, with Dem Sens. Tim Carpenter, Jon Erpenbach, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch on record against the measure.

Erpenbach tried to halt the vote by calling for adjournment, but Senate President Mike Ellis said a roll call can't be interrupted.

Risser, the longest serving state legislator in the country, continued to voice his displeasure as the roll was being taken.

"You're out of order," Ellis shouted as he banged his gavel. "Take your seat and continue the roll call."

"In 50 years I've never had anyone cut me off," Risser said.


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