Missing senator returns, work resumes at Capitol after raucous day

2013-04-06T08:15:00Z 2013-10-01T15:45:08Z Missing senator returns, work resumes at Capitol after raucous dayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 06, 2013 8:15 am  • 

HELENA — A state senator whose absence led to an uproar is back in attendance — but the acrimony lingers.

State Sen. Shannon Augare of Browning returned to the Senate early Saturday morning as the chamber resumed voting. He told The Associated Press he was at home a day earlier, but wouldn't say why he skipped Friday's session.

Democrats were foiled Friday as they tried to halt all business by invoking a parliamentary move that demands every member is present before business can resume. The move could have killed some Republican proposals in danger of missing a procedural deadline.

Democrats said during Saturday's session that Democrats believe all the votes taken are illegal and invalid.

Republicans leaders responded by saying they didn't need to recognize unruly Democrats.

Both sides threatened further action.

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