Here is our open thread for today on what’s happening in Madison, Wisconsin.
9:05 a.m. PST – Last night WI Republican Senators illegally held a vote and passed a bill outlawing public employee collective bargaining rights. They had removed the fiscal provisions of the bill that Gov Walker has been trying to force on the people in that state. By removing the fiscal provisions, the GOP members felt they then could hold a vote on “just” the collective bargaining provisions. Clearly, this was not only improper as they did not follow Senate rules of notice, but also violated WI law of open meetings.
The bill was passed 18 to 1 with no Democrats in attendance.
In response demonstrators have converged on the WI capital and about 3 dozen camped out over night.
Currently, demonstrators have effectively blocked the building from being used by the GOP-controlled Assembly. Capital police did begin to forcefully remove protesters but at this moment, there is a shutdown of the building by demonstrators and police. Assembly members are not able to gain access to the building yet, and the Assembly must have the building open to the public in order to have votes.
At 11 am WI time, the Assembly was supposed to meet and presumably pass the bill. But they cannot at this time, even get into the building.
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