Capitol Chaos: Senators Away for 6th Day

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- One of the 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin rather than have to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights have no plans to return.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Wednesday that he remains in Chicago. He says the senators planned to meet later in the day, but they had no plans to return to the state to take up the bill until Walker is willing to compromise.

Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz is pushing his compromise that would make the removal of bargaining rights temporary.

Erpenbach says he believes public opinion is on the side of bill opponents. The proposal has attracted tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol for nine straight days, with hundreds of them sleeping over every night.

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