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GOP cuts public hearing on right-to-work hearing short

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate Republicans have cut a public hearing on right-to-work legislation short, sending dozens of people who had been waiting hours to speak into a rage.

The Senate labor committee began the hearing at 10 a.m. The committee's chairman, Sen. Stephen Nass, had planned to end testimony at 7 p.m. Nass ended the hearing around 6:20 p.m., saying union members had threatened to disrupt the proceeding at 7 p.m. Union leaders later said they planned only to complain about ending the hearing at 7 p.m.

Dozens of people who had been waiting to speak leapt to their feet, shouting profanities. The committee voted in the midst of the din. Nass' office said later the vote was 3-1 in favor, clearing the way for a full Senate vote on Wednesday.
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