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Wisconsin Senate adjourns amid protests

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MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has adjourned for the day after minority Democrats failed to show up for a vote on a contentious collective bargaining bill.

The Republican proposal would strip most public sector workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights. The bill has sparked a protest at the state Capitol that has stretched on for three days and shows no sign of ending.

Republicans who control the Senate had scheduled a vote on the bill Thursday morning. Debate was supposed to begin around midday, but the body's 14 Democrats never showed up. Without a quorum, Republicans could not vote.

Senate President Mike Ellis, a Neenah Republican, called an end to Thursday's floor session around 4:45 p.m. Republicans planned to return to the floor on Friday.

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