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Assembly leaders had promised no right-to-work debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Wisconsin state Assembly promised last year that a right-to-work bill would not come up this session.

Both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke said the bill that is now on a fast-track for passage would not be debated.

Steineke, who was assistant majority leader last year, said at a September candidate forum in Green Bay that “right to work is off the table, I believe, for the next session.”

Steineke said Thursday the issue wasn’t on the Assembly’s agenda then, but since it passed the Senate this week “we’re going to have to deal with it.”

Vos said in October that right-to-work was not on the Republican agenda and “it’s not going to be.”

The Assembly plans to vote on it next week.

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