HELENA, Mont. -

Democrats are offering to pay for the damage caused when they pounded mugs on their Senate desks during last week's attempt to drown out a floor session.
    
Legislative Services Executive Director Susan Fox says the scratches and ring marks on the desks are an easy fix that will likely be made after the session ends.
    
Fox did not have an estimate of the cost.
    
The legislative standoff began last Friday when Democrats announced they wanted to make a motion to halt proceedings because of one of their senators was absent. Republicans said the parliamentary move was a ploy designed to thwart the passage of two Republican referendums and they ignored the minority party's motion.
    
Democrats responded by pounding their desks with mugs and yelling as Republican senators proceeded with voting.