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After heated debate, union law takes effect

MADISON (AP) -- After months of heated debate, ear-splitting protests and legal maneuvering, Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing collective bargaining changes are finally set to become law.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette published the law in the Wisconsin State Journal on Tuesday. The law is now set to take effect on Wednesday.

The measure requires almost all public employees, from teachers to librarians, to contribute more to their health care and pensions. It also strips them of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. State employees will see the first reductions in their paychecks in late August.

Tens of thousands of protesters occupied the state Capitol for weeks as they protested the plan. A Madison prosecutor filed a lawsuit to block the measure, but the state Supreme Court earlier this month upheld the law.

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