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Wisconsin Democratic Senators Will Return To State

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Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgeral, R-Juneau, walks orders to the clerk at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 3, 2011, finding the 14 missing Democrats in contempt . (AP Photo/Andy Manis) | AP

MADISON, Wis. -- The leader of Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate says his caucus will return to the state, but he won't say when.

Senate Democrats fled the state nearly three weeks ago to block a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

But Senate Republicans used a procedural move on Wednesday to pass the proposal without the Democrats present. The floor session lasted just minutes, and the state Assembly is scheduled to take up the measure on Thursday morning. That's the last step before it can go to Walker for his signature.

Senate Democratic leader Mark Miller of Monona says Democrats will "join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government," but he refused to say when.

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