(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Temperatures were running high in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday as state and local workers protested a GOP-sponsored bill that would virtually end collective bargaining rights.
State troopers refused to allow demonstrators to enter the state capitol rotunda as they did last week, when the protests began. About 700 people were permitted to fill the statehouse atrium but couldn't wander beyond that.
Thousands remained outside the building to air their grievances. One rally organizer complained, "People want to be in the statehouse. It's the people's house."
The proposed bill is similar to legislation in Wisconsin that has led to a standoff between Republicans and union members, prompting Democratic lawmakers to leave the state to block a vote on the bill.
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