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The bill's main author, Sen. Glenn Grothman, developed the measure with help from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state's largest business group.
Grothman and Born say the proposal would bring Wisconsin in line with federal law, give workers a way to make more money and boost production.
The labor committee held a hearing on the measure Thursday. Sen. Fred Risser, a Madison Democrat on the committee, said the bill is bound to lead to employers intimidating workers into taking extra hours.
Grothman said he's never heard anyone complain about forced overtime.
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