Friday, February 25, 2011

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Stripping Rights

The Wisconsin State Assembly just passed the budget repair bill, stripping collective bargaining rights from most public employees. The bill passed on a 51-17 vote after Republicans suddenly stopped debate and moved for a vote.

It happened so fast I nearly missed it, and it looks like so did a lot of the Assembly since 28 members weren't able to get their vote in. The only defectors were four Republicans who voted against the bill. Here's the roll call.

The Democrats introduced many amendments to remove the collective bargaining provisions, but all were tabled by the Republicans. The alternative budget repair bill may have been voted on again, but I didn't see it.

The bill now needs to be passed by the State Senate. So, as long as the Wisconsin 14 stay out of Wisconsin, public employees will keep their collective bargaining rights.

Update: Capitol in uproar. Democrats meeting to discuss options.

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