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Lawsuit filed to stop implementation of union law

MADISON (AP) -- A judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker that takes away nearly all collective bargaining rights of most public workers.

Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk filed the lawsuit on Friday. She argues that the Senate did not have the legally required quorum of 20 senators when it passed the bill on Wednesday night.

The 19 Republican senators passed the bill after a special committee removed fiscal items from the measure which would have required at least one Democrat to be there. Falk argues the bill in its new form still could not pass without 20 senators present.

The measure passed the Assembly on Thursday and Walker signed it into law Friday morning.

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