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MADISON (WKOW) -- After hours of debate, the state Assembly has passed a bill ending most collective bargaining rights for most public employees.
The measured passed on a 53-42 vote.
It now goes to Gov. Walker's desk who said at a news conference earlier today he would sign it "as quickly as possible."
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MADISON (WKOW) -- Controversy continues at the Capitol as thousands of people cover the in and outside of the building.
Inside the Assembly chamber, Rep. Peter Barca proposed a motion to remove House Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Barca said it was nothing personal but claimed he violated the law. Barca argues the conference committee held Wednesday night violated the state open records law. That motion was voted down 57-37.
Rep. Barca says he believes the vote that passed a bill, ending most collective bargaining rights for nearly all public employees, will be overturned.
Gov. Walker said at an afternoon news conference in La Crosse, if the 14 missing Democratic Senators were in Madison, they could have debated the bill.
Walker says because of those Senate Democrats, their constituents didn't have a voice last night.
Barca says in a conversation with Fitzgerald he was told the Assembly speaker is limiting debate because some legislators' safety is at risk. On the chamber floor, Fitzgerald read a death threat email some of the lawmakers had received. The person threatened to put a bullet through their head and bomb their home.
Speaker Fitzgerald says he's not going to debate the bill. He says everyone in America knows what's in this bill. "We debated about it for 60 hours," said Fitzgerald.
Rep. Suder (R-Abbotsford) says rules were followed in Wednesday night's vote. Suder says the Assembly will vote today and asks the members to stay close to the chamber.
Fitzgerald says it's a tough vote, but it's the right thing because people "are sick of the status quo."
27 News' Colby Robertson has updates online and on the go, on www.WKOW.com.
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