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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker plans vote on Gov. Walker's bill

The Associated Press
Friday, February 18, 2011; 1:20 PM

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin state Assembly intends to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all state employees.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said Friday they intend to take up the bill sometime later in the day.

The Senate planned to debate it on Thursday, but all 14 Democrats staged a boycott delaying the action for at least a day. Several of them escaped to northern Illinois for several hours.

Democrats were present in the Assembly when it convened briefly.

Thousands of teachers and others have descended on the Capitol, forcing schools to close due to high absences. Dozens of people have spent the night for three straight nights in the Capitol as a sign of protest.

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