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Senate convening conference committee on bill

Madison, WI (AP) -- Republicans in control of the Wisconsin state Senate have created a conference committee to consider Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that takes away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

The Senate convened unexpectedly around 4 p.m. Wednesday to create the committee, which planned to meet for the first time at 6 p.m.

It was unclear what the committee would do.

Typically a conference committee is only convened when two different versions of a bill have passed the Senate and Assembly and the two sides can't reach agreement.

However, the bill in question that passed the Assembly was in the Senate in the same form. It was stalled in the Senate after all 14 Senate Democrats fled the state and denied a quorum.

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