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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 7:22 PM 

Dem committee members slam claims of security threat

Dem members of the Labor Committee slammed Chair Steve Nass’ claims of a safety threat that prompted him to shut down a public hearing on right-to-work, accusing the Republican of manufacturing a crisis.

Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said Republicans have been looking for a way to shut down the hearing early and used a newspaper report of a planned protest as an excuse.

Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, noted the heavy police presence in the hearing room throughout the day.

“I never felt as safe as I was up there. It was a con job,” Wirch said. “They delivered for the Koch brothers.”

Wirch said he voted no as the chaotic roll was taken, while Larson said he was still trying to figure out what was going on as his name was called and did not vote.

Larson predicted Republicans would try to ram the bill through during Wednesday’s floor debate as well.

“If it goes like this, it’s going to be one-sided,” Larson predicted as he did a media availability outside the Senate chamber with protesters around him chanting.


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