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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 1:43 PM 

Protester taken out

Randy Bryce, a union member who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate last year as a Dem, was removed from the chamber after he stood and interrupted Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's opening statement on the bill.

"This bill is turning Wisconsin into a banana republic," said Bryce, a Racine iron worker.

The crowd responded with applause as Bryce was escorted out. A second protester then stood up and interrupted after Fitzgerald started speaking again.

That prompted a warning from President Mary Lazich that the gallery would be cleared if there were more outbursts.

Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, asked Lazich not to clear the entire gallery just because a couple of people chose to interrupt the proceedings.

"Duly noted. We have two strikes here," Lazich, said noting another interruption would tempt her to clear the gallery.



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