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Galleries cleared in opening minutes of debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The public is being removed from the galleries inside the state Assembly chamber in the opening minutes of the debate over right to work.

Republican Speaker Robin Vos ordered the galleries cleared of dozens of spectators as protesters shouted out during his opening comments on the bill Thursday. Police worked to remove people as they continued shouting "Right to work is wrong for Wisconsin!" and other chants.

The protest inside the Assembly chamber came after about 300 people rallied outside just before the debate began in earnest early Thursday afternoon.

Lawmakers stopped the debate as the spectators were removed. It did not appear that anyone was resisting leaving.

The Senate passed the measure last week. Once it clears the Assembly it will head to Gov. Scott Walker.

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