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Wis. Dems barely delay Assembly vote on union bill


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly have moved a bill that would strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights to the cusp of a final vote.

Majority Republicans convened the Assembly a few minutes before the announced 5 p.m. start time. No Democrats were present in the chamber when Republicans started voting on minor amendments to the bill. Moments before they were nearly ready to take the final vote to pass the bill, Democrats rushed into the chamber screaming "No!"

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca yelled at Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer to stop voting, calling the Republicans' move an outrage. Kramer then stopped the process.

The parties are now beginning to debate the measure ahead of a final vote.

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