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Assembly Labor Committee schedules hearing on right-to-work

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly's Labor Committee has scheduled a 10-hour hearing on Monday on the right-to-work bill that's rocketing through the Legislature.
The committee announced Thursday that the hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and conclude no later than 8 p.m. An executive session to vote on the bill has not yet been scheduled. The full Assembly is expected to take up the bill later in the week, most likely on Thursday.
The Senate passed right-to-work with a 17-15 vote on Wednesday. Republicans have a much wider majority in the Assembly, making passage there all-but-certain.
Opponents of the measure were upset when the Senate hearing Tuesday night was abruptly cut short 40 minutes earlier than promised after it had gone on for more than eight hours.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --
The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a fast-tracked right-to-work bill with no Democratic support.

The measure now heads to the state Assembly, which plans to take it up next week. Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign it into law.

The 17-15 vote Wednesday came after nearly eight hours of debate. Democrats argue right-to-work would be bad for workers, wasn't wanted by businesses and would hurt the state's economy.

Republican supporters say it will give workers the freedom to decide whether to pay union dues and will attract more business to the state.

All Republicans voted for the measure except Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon. He says he's not convinced it will be beneficial.

Several people were removed from the galleries for disrupting the debate throughout the day.

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