Day Eight of the Wisconsin Protests brings yet another plot twist. The official Committee on Senate Organization authorized a rule change that will force the 14 Democrats who have been hiding out across state lines in Illinois to show up for work if they expect to get paid. As reported in the Green Bay Press Gazette:
Wisconsin state senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.
The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday. They fled the state to stall a vote on an anti-union bill, and have threatened to stay away until Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to compromise.
Tuesday’s vote was along party lines. The three Republicans on the Committee on Senate Organization voted for it and the two Democrats opposed it.
Miss two days of "work," no more direct deposit. The new rule applies to paychecks, per diem payments, and expense reimbursements.