Gov. Scott Walker Signals Support for Lame-Duck Package

Gov. Scott Walker Signals Support for Lame-Duck Package

Allow Republican leaders to intervene in court cases and hire their own attorneys when state laws are challenged, replacing the attorney general. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, joining all Democrats voting against.

The package of bills now awaits Walker's signature. The new legislation will rescind much of that power from his Democratic successor. Fred Risser, D-Madison. "Be fair".

Wisconsin values of decency, kindness, and finding common ground were pushed aside so a handful of people could desperately usurp and cling to power while hidden away from the very people they represent. Power-hungry politicians rushed through sweeping changes to our laws to expand their own power and override the will of the people of Wisconsin who asked for change on November 6th.

The measures would also require the attorney general to get legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits.

A spokeswoman for Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said the latter bill would transfer oversight to a "bipartisan entity, rather than a political officeholder". Less than an hour later, Republicans said they would let people back in.

They might not believe in Tony Evers's policies. "But this action is fundamentally inconsistent with that because this is going to make it in all likelihood impossible for the state of Wisconsin to withdraw from that lawsuit if this legislation moves forward".

Republican Rep. John Nygren, co-chairman of the committee, downplayed the proposals and said the goal was to establish balance in power between the Legislature and governor.

Both the state Assembly and the Senate approved the measures, which will protect the GOP's priorities while making it more hard for Evers to enact his. "I said it 15 times every single day", Evers said.

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The measures range from efforts to reduce early voting days to restrict the governor's influence over a powerful government agency that Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers promised to disband. A number of communities, including the Democratic stronghold of Madison, have offered several weeks for early voting in recent years, following a federal judge's 2016 ruling that struck down previous limits.

Republicans have controlled both branches for eight years.

The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning.

"This is like the middle school child asking permission to go to the bathroom", Vinehout said.

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Republicans did concede a portion of the measure. "This is not how a democracy works, and if these bills go through into law, we really don't have a democracy as it stands up to be". "There's nothing bad about that".

A sweeping package of GOP lame-duck legislation up for votes Tuesday includes a plan to move the primary from April to March. Deafening chants of "shame" filled the chamber as police escorted people out.

Shortly after the session began, the Senate voted along party lines to approve roughly 80 last-minute appointments from Gov. Scott Walker.

The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was in 2010, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to enact labor agreements.

Sanders, who has repeatedly traveled to Wisconsin to campaign against Walker, called the efforts "disgraceful" and "pathetic" and said they "must be stopped".

During debate on the Senate floor, Democrats attacked Republicans in especially blunt terms.

"Laws written by the legislature and passed by a governor should not be erased based on political maneuvering of an incoming administration", he said.

"The first thing Scott Walker did when he walked through the door of the Capitol was to create chaos", Democratic Sen.

Vos last month cited the desire to protect key Republican achievements from being undone by Evers.

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

Democrats have argued the extraordinary session proposals are an abuse of power and undermine the democratic process.

Erpenbach said expected legal challenges to what is passed could "grind things to a halt" in the Legislature for as much as a year.

"Over 2.6 million voters of this state cast their ballots, and they spoke up clearly for a change from eight years of complete Republican control of state government". -Elect Tony Evers, seen here on the campaign trail.

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