- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The debate over whether to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state will begin next week in the state Senate, but the Assembly won’t take it up until the following week.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Friday that a public hearing will be held Tuesday on the measure by the Senate Labor Committee. Debate will begin Wednesday in the Senate and continue until there’s a vote.

Fitzgerald says the Assembly won’t vote on it until the week of March 2.

Fitzgerald made the surprising announcement Friday that the Legislature was taking the bill up immediately in an extraordinary session. He had earlier said he wanted to delay debate until after April.

Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign the bill once it passes as expected. It would take effect immediately.

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