Fight continues over controversial bill

Fight continues over controversial bill
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 10:59pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Senate plans to try
again Friday to convene to debate a controversial anti-union
measure backers say is intended to ease a budget crunch.

Faced with a near-certain Republican victory that would end a
half-century of collective bargaining for public workers, Democrats
retaliated on Thursday by fleeing the Capitol and halting debate on
the bill.

By refusing to show up for a vote, the group brought the debate to a halt.

Democrats say the measure is extreme and threatens to tear the
state apart. But Republican Gov. Scott Walker calls the boycott a

Walker says Democrats could still offer amendments to change the bill, but he's vowing not to concede on his plan to end most collective bargaining rights.

The dispute has drawn tens of thousands of protesters to Madison
for the past three days. They've packed the Capitol and jeered

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