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Registrants at hearing overwhelmingly against right-to-work

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Opponents to right-to-work outnumbered supporters 70-to-1 at a Wisconsin state Senate public hearing that was cut short before Republicans voted to advance the bill.

Sen. Steve Nass, chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, reported Wednesday that 1,751 people had testified or registered against the right-to-work bill at Tuesday's hearing. Only 25 people were on the record as backing it.

Nass cut the hearing about 40 minutes short out of fear union members planned to disrupt a vote. The panel then hastily voted 3-1 along party lines to advance the bill to the full Senate, which was to debate it Wednesday.

The bill would prohibit the collection of union dues from workers who choose not to join private-sector unions.

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