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Wisconsin Senate to vote on anti-union bill

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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

The move would come over the loud objections of thousands of teachers, students and prison guards who have packed the Capitol for two days of protests.

The nation's most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Wisconsin Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago.

It cleared a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night. It's now headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

The move would mark a dramatic shift for Wisconsin. The state passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

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