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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 4:45 PM 

Dems seek to advance collective bargaining bill on anniversary of repair bill; Senate adjourns until midnight

Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, moved that SB 233 -- which would restore collective bargaining rights for public employees -- be sent from the Senate Labor committee to Senate Org.

Risser's motion came on the anniversary of the announcement of the budget repair bill last winter. He asked for a handful of Republicans to help move the bill along and "correct our mistakes" from earlier in the session.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, asked whether the motion was about Kathleen Falk and her "corruption that now exists between the unions and your Democratic candidate."

He then asked for the chamber to adjourn until 12:01 a.m. to take up today's objection to third reading of the wetlands bill. The adjournment motion passed 17-16.


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