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House Passes "Right To Work" Bill

A bill that didn't exist this morning is half way to becoming a law tonight.

The House of Representatives has passed a measure that would make Michigan a "Right To Work" state.

It passed just before 5 p.m. by a vote of 58-52.

It also passed over the objections of thousands of union members, who packed the Capitol to make their voices heard.

The vote, which would give workers at private companies a choice as to whether to join a union at their place of employment, is a controversial one in a state with a strong labor tradition.

It passed after a crazy day at the building - eight people were arrested, several were pepper sprayed after police say protesters charged them, and police also closed the Capitol to anyone who wasn't already inside for several hours day.

Police - apparently under a judge's orders - re-opened the building just before the vote.

A mid-Michigan lawmaker tells 6 News the vote in the Senate will take place next week.

We have several crews at the Capitol and will have more online and on the air as the story develops.

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