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Police remove protesters from budget meeting for second day


MADISON (WKOW) -- Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs says 21 people were arrested for disorderly conduct after interrupting the Joint Finance Committee meeting Friday.

The JFC is working to finish Gov. Scott Walker's two-year spending plan.

On Thursday, about 30 people were taken out of the of the meeting.

People were warned before the meeting that anyone who causes a disruption would be removed and could face disorderly conduct charges. Many of those were removed after reading a statement in opposition to Walker's budget, made other derogatory comments or recited the Declaration of Independence.

In the meeting, Democrats objected to one proposal that included allowing bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. They said using the budget to change public policy diminishes the legislative process.

Before the meeting began, Republicans announced UW-Madison will stay in the University of Wisconsin system. Instead of just giving Madison flexibilities, the committee co-chairs say they want to give all campuses some new flexibilities.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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