Police searched for missing Wisconsin Democratic state lawmakers who claim to have left the state on Thursday.
The Democrats boycotted an anti-union bill that one senator said is tearing Wisconsin apart, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
The Democrats left to slow down the bill and push Republicans to talk about changes. The Senate cannot vote on the bill without any Democrats present, USA Today reported.
The bill would change workers pay and healthcare benefits, and decrease the power of workers unions.
Many Wisconsin schools closed because hundreds of teachers called in sick to go to the Capitol and protest.