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Wisconsin State Capitol Shut Down

Officers stand in front of a Wisconsin Capitol entrance as they bar entry to the building. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Officers stand in front of a Wisconsin Capitol entrance as they bar entry to the building.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison is closed to the public. Thousands of people are gathered outside, many enraged at the snap vote taken last night by the Wisconsin state Senate to end many collective bargaining rights for a number of public sector unions.

The state Assembly is supposed to take up the legislation this morning but the Wisconsin State Journal reports at least one lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Joe Parisi, can't get inside to cast his vote. The Journal quotes Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, who says he wants protesters who arrived last night to move out of the Assembly antechamber, gather on the ground floor of the Capitol Rotunda and go through security before he'll open the building.