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Rallies set for Thursday; Assembly to vote on bill


MADISON (WKOW) --  Rallies are set for 9:00 a.m. Thursday outside the state Capitol, less than 24 hours after Republican Senators stripped the original budget repair bill of all measures in which money would be spent, clearing the way for a vote on the collective bargaining issue.

They outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts who had been holding up a vote by remaining out of state to prevent a quorum.

The Republican-controlled state Assembly will conduct a perfunctory vote on Thursday on legislation that would strip most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

The vote comes after a nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation, that now seems to be rocketing toward an abrupt conclusion.

Thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol Wednesday night after Republican Senators passed the legislation. Many spent the night in the Capitol. Doors were open throughout much of the night, but did close in the early morning hours. Normal business hours for the Capitol begin at 8:00 a.m.

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