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State Assembly debate on union bill drags on

MADISON (AP) -- A punishing all-night debate over a bill that would strip public workers in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights is still going on in the state Assembly.

The body began debating the measure around noon on Tuesday. The arguing continues eighteen hours later, with no end in sight. Democrats have proposed 66 amendments and promised more are on the way.

The Republican measure would require almost all public sector workers to contribute more to their pensions and health insurance. It also would strip of them of their right to collective bargain everything about their jobs except their salaries.

The bill has drawn tens of thousands of protesters to the state Capitol in Madison. Demonstrations are entering their ninth day.

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