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Democrats claim open meeting violation

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MADISON (WKOW/AP) -- Democratic lawmakers say Republicans violated the state open meetings law when they met Wednesday night and passed a bill that ends most collective bargaining rights from nearly all public workers.

State law requires at least 24 hours notice of a meeting, unless there is an emergency which allows for just two hours notice.

The meeting was held at 6 p.m. and the notice was given at 4:10 p.m.

Senate Clerk Rob Marchant said under Senate rules, no notice was required other than posting it on the legislative bulletin board.

But open meeting law attorney Robert Dreps says the Senate didn't show that there was an emergency allowing for the 24-hour notice to be ignored and even if that had been shown the two-hour requirement was violated.

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