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UPDATE: Assembly passes right-to-work on party line vote


After a marathon session, the Wisconsin Assembly has passed the right-to-work bill.

For 24 hours lawmakers laid out opposing views.

Republicans said the bill was called good for workers. "We're fighting for the right of every single worker in this state to have their own personal liberty," said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

But Democrats say it will hurt workers' salaries. "This bill is reducing the income of our citizens in this state, based on the statistics we have, a minimum of $1,500 a year," said Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie.

It is considered a historic moment for the good of the state, and bad. "This is going to change the face of the state, it's going to be a great thing, I'm excited," said Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield.

Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Minority Leader disagreed.

"The summation of this bill we know, will produce lower wages, greater injuries on the job and take $3.8 billion out of the economy," he said.

In the end the outcome was expected, the bill passed 62-35 on a party line vote. Democrats hoped to convince 14 Republicans to join with them in rejecting the bill. Ultimately, all Republicans voted for it.

Even after the vote, lawmakers kept their opposing views. Rep. Vos said the vote would make Wisconsin proud, while Rep. Barca said it was a sad day for the state.

Governor Scott Walker plans to sign the bill on Monday at a company in Brown Deer.

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