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Two years later, leaders look back on turbulent times over collective bargaining

Political leaders reflect on turbulent times over collective bargaining

9:51 PM, Feb. 13, 2013
Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers protest outside of the state Capitol in Madison Feb. 26, 2011.
Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers protest outside of the state Capitol in Madison Feb. 26, 2011.
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Two years after Gov. Scott Walker introduced sweeping changes to collective bargaining laws for public employees, Oshkosh area political leaders continue to feel the impact of the historic battle professionally and personally.

To be sure, Oshkosh lawmakers had waded into hot button, high profile issues in the past. Former State Sen. Carol Roessler drew national attention for spearheading welfare reform and mental health insurance coverage; former Rep. Gregg Underheim pushed for hearings on medical marijuana; and state Rep. Gordon Hintz crusaded for payday lending restrictions.

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