MADISON (WKOW) -- Another set of rallies are underway outside the state Capitol at this hour, as protesters react the Assembly passing a modified version of Gov. Walker's bill that will end most collective bargaining for nearly all public workers.
As of 11 a.m., Capitol police opened the doors at the King Street entrance of the Capitol. Around noon, they also opened the entrance on North Hamilton Street.
Normal business hours begin at 8:00 a.m. However, this morning the DOA said they would not open the Capitol until a law enforcement assessment of the building is done and security requirements were completed, after death threats were made to some of the Republican senators.
The 11 a.m. Assembly session was delayed while police secured the area. Some Representatives were locked out of the building. One Republican representative says he spent a half hour trying to enter the building.
As of 2 p.m., the DOA says 1,828 people had entered the Capitol.
Wednesday night, the Senate outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts who had been holding up a vote by remaining out of state to prevent a quorum.
The vote comes after a nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation, that now seems to be rocketing toward an abrupt conclusion.
Thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol Wednesday night after Republican Senators passed the legislation. Many spent the night in the Capitol. Doors were open throughout much of the night, but did close in the early morning hours. The Department of Administration says more than 200 people camped out overnight.
The DOA says that won't be the case tonight. The DOA says the Capitol will close at 6 p.m. or "whenever the final official open meeting or session for the day has concluded, if it is later than 6 p.m." All visitors will be required to leave the building when it closes for the night.
Meanwhile, Governor Walker held a news conference on the budget repair bill this morning in the Milwaukee area, and had stops in Wausau and La Crosse.
Walker said he will sign the bill "as quickly as I can." His spokesman said that will not be tonight.
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