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Kristin Mattis of Madison, Wis., protests at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011., after demonstrators retook over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. By Andy Manis Kristin Mattis of Madison, Wis., protests at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011., after demonstrators retook over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. By Andy Manis
Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis
Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis
Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have retaken over the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) By Andy Manis

HAPPENING NOW: Wisconsin Capitol locked down as state Assembly takes up bill

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign legislation to strip collective bargaining rights from public workers "as quickly as I can legally."

ARTICLE: Scott Walker: Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin

VIDEO: Protesters descend on Wisconsin State Capitol after union vote

LINK: Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Senate action

The Senate passed it Wednesday without the chamber's 14 AWOL Democrats.

The vote in the Senate followed a dramatic three-plus weeks that saw protesters clog the streets, hallways and meeting rooms of the Capitol in an attempt to stop the measure.

Walker spoke during a Thursday news conference in Milwaukee shortly before the state Assembly was scheduled to take up the measure. It's expected to be quickly approved.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Police remove protesters from Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police in Wisconsin have carried dozens of protesters out of a hallway leading to the Assembly at the state Capitol in Madison.

At least 100 people have gathered outside the chamber, where representatives are expected to vote on an explosive bill that takes away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

Police began removing the protesters about an hour before the Assembly was scheduled to vote at 11 a.m. Thursday. The vote was delayed briefly while the building was locked down as police did a security review.

The Assembly can't meet if the building isn't open to the public. The lockdown ended just before 11:30 a.m.

About 200 people spent the night in the Capitol in protest over swift and unexpected passage of the bill by the Senate on Wednesday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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