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Senate takes up voter ID bill; Democrats still absent

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Committee on Transportation and Elections have begun the executive session on a proposed voter identification bill.

The bill would require voters to show a photo ID in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot.

Democratic Sen. Erpenbach joins the session over the phone. Sen. Lazich says Erpenbach can't vote over the phone but says she'll wait for him to arrive.

Sen. Erpenbach and the rest of the Democratic Senators crossed the state border last week in order to delay a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. They have not yet returned to Madison. The bill moves through committee. Sen. Erpenbach's vote doesn't count. Lazich says it's up to Sen. Fitzgerald to decide when voter ID will hit the floor.

Five state troopers are in the parlor.

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