MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The spotlight in the ongoing Wisconsin controversy over union bargaining rights is now on Gov. Scott Walker, who says he's going to sign legislation stripping most of that protection from state employees -- as soon as he can legally do so.
Whether that will bring an end to the bitter political fight that captured the nation's attention is uncertain.
Walker spoke about the bill in West Allis before the Assembly began debate. It passed 53-42 Thursday, with four Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition.
The Senate passed it Wednesday without the chamber's 14 AWOL Democrats.
The vote in the Senate followed a dramatic three-plus weeks that saw protesters clog the streets, hallways and meeting rooms of the Capitol in an attempt to stop the measure.