Wisconsin Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG

Tony Evers speaks at an election eve rally in Madison Wisconsin

The plan is expected to easily sail through the Assembly as early as Wednesday morning, and Walker has said he will sign it.

Divided along party lines, the GOP-run state budget committee in Wisconsin acted overnight to advance numerous controversial measures after less than 12 hours of debate and amid growing protests in and around the capitol in Madison.

Both approved bills will now go to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration, Cudaback said.

The proposals in Wisconsin would weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws and shield the state jobs agency from his control.

"They've got this pretty sweeping measure that would restrict the powers of the incoming Democratic governor, the incoming Democratic attorney general".

Gov. Walker lost his election to Tony Evers by fewer than 30,000 votes out of more than two million cast.

After being defeated at the ballot box last month, Republicans in Wisconsin and MI are seeking to deny Democrats full control of state government, prompting a public outcry against the attempted power grab by national figures who include potential 2020 candidates Tom Steyer and Sen.

They also sparked protests at the Capitol reminiscent of the raucous demonstrations that resulted when Walker all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public workers in 2011. All but one person testified against the measures, and the bill's sponsors, breaking with normal practice, did not appear or send surrogates to speak in support on their behalf.

In both states, the lame-duck sessions will give Republican governors one final chance to implement their priorities before leaving office in January.

The Wisconsin Senate voted just before sunrise Wednesday after an all-night session to pass a sweeping bill created to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republicans control the Senate 18-15 and can not afford more than one defection.

Other bills would move the 2020 presidential primary date to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice, limit early voting and reduce the power of the incoming Democratic attorney general.

That maneuver allows Republicans to scale back the laws with a simple majority, instead of the three-quarters vote required to change any voter-approved ballot measure. Democrats derided it as a cynical attempt to preserve the party's power.

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers say a Republican lame-duck session is an unprecedented attempt to take away powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

"We will actively be looking at either to litigate or do whatever else in our power to make sure the people of Wisconsin are represented at the table", Evers told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It would also allow the Legislature to sidestep the attorney general and hire private attorneys.

Feyen agrees that the legislative branch needs more say in things, but he calls the efforts working against Evers unnecessary.

About 565,000 people voted early in the November elections.

Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly have passed a lame-duck bill enacting a Medicaid work requirement.

-Elect Tony Evers, seen here on the campaign trail. The bill also would require new legislative oversight of waiver requests related to health care made by the governor. The Assembly was expected to pass the bill later Wednesday, sending it on to Walker for his consideration. The Senate passed the proposal earlier in the evening. The only step left is Scott Walker's signature, which-if he signs it-will seal his legacy as an enemy as democracy and a friend only to his own power. "Be fair. Give the voters the right to choose their governor and attorney general". Both Evers and Kaul urged Republicans not to do it, warning that lawsuits would bring more gridlock to Wisconsin when the new administration, and the first divided government in 10 years, takes over. Similar limitations were found unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2016 and Democrats have threatened legal action again.



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