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WI Senate Passes Collective Bargaining Bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- About 200 protesters chanted "occupy" and "general strike" as they vowed to remain inside the Wisconsin Capitol after a vote by the state Senate to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

The Senate hastily passed the bill 18-1 on Wednesday evening, setting off the latest protests. They have gathered the past three weeks, often in the thousands, to protest the measure proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Some protesters tried to gain access to the Senate gallery during the vote, but were denied access by Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs.

Protest organizer Erika Wolfe told the crowd that legal options were being evaluated.

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