MADISON (AP) -- State lawmakers have officially ended a messy lame-duck session to approve state contracts after the Senate's top Democrat turned on his party and voted the deals down.
Democratic leaders in the Assembly and the Senate called the session on Wednesday to approve 17 contracts with state employee unions. The Assembly passed the agreements, but things fell apart in the Senate after Majority Leader Russ Decker decided he couldn't support any of the deals. The move stunned his fellow Democrats, who immediately stripped him of his leadership post, but they didn't have the votes to pass the contracts without him.
Senate President Fred Risser, D-Madison, convened the chamber for moments Thursday morning, then adjourned the session.
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