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Republican support not assured for Walker's plan


MADISON (AP) -- There are indications that support among Republicans for Gov. Scott Walker's plan to remove collective bargaining rights for public workers may be starting to crack.

Sen. Dan Kapanke of La Crosse told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he did not know where Republicans stood on the proposal that drew more than 13,000 protesters to the Capitol on Tuesday.

When asked about the position of Republicans, Kapanke said he didn't know the answer.

His comments come after Republican leaders in both the Senate and Assembly said on Tuesday that there were enough votes to pass the bill.

A public hearing on the measure Tuesday lasted 17 hours, with hundreds of people spending the night in the Capitol. Thousands more are expected to converge on the Capitol Wednesday.

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