Assembly committee to take up right-to-work bill during hearing

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The Assembly Labor Committee has scheduled a 10-hour hearing on Monday on the right-to-work bill, which passed the Senate Wednesday night on a 17-15 vote.

Democrats are already expressing concern that there won’t be enough time for the public to share their thoughts on the fast-tracked bill and that the hearing is just a formality.

“It’s not just a check box that you tick off on the way to passing a bill and it becoming a law,” Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, said. “It’s actually supposed to inform legislators like us about how a proposed piece of legislation will impact the public.”

“Don’t think there should be concern. I think we’re going to give people every opportunity to present their viewpoints. That’s the intent of the hearing. That’s when I say I hope it’s a hearing and not a filibuster,” Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, said.

More than 160 people signed up to speak at the Senate hearing on Tuesday, but only about 25 of them were able to speak.