- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania state Senate bypassed a good-government rule that it end its voting day at 11 p.m. before adjourning without any contested votes as Republicans scramble to pass pet bills in the winding-down fall legislative session.

The GOP-controlled chamber voted, 25-24, before midnight Tuesday to work into the night, prompting Democrats to accuse Republicans of hypocrisy.

But session ended quietly after Republicans met privately for an hour and ultimately decided to postpone contested legislation until after 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate’s last scheduled voting day before the Nov. 4 election.

It could feature debate on National Rifle Association-backed legislation to discourage local governments from imposing illegal gun restrictions and legislation sought by conservatives and business groups to restrict government employers from automatically deducting dues or political action committee contributions from the paychecks of unionized workers.

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