Wisconsin Republicans seek to hobble newly elected Democrat

Wisconsin Republicans seek to hobble newly elected Democrat

Wisconsin Republicans seek to hobble newly elected Democrat

Walker downplayed the significance of the legislation's proposed changes and said the measures seek to keep in place the current friendly dynamic between the Republican governor and GOP-controlled Legislature.

Evers says the state "should be embarrassed" by the Republicans' actions and that they have ignored the will of voters.

It came as Republican lawmakers prepared to vote on lame-duck session measures to weaken powers of the incoming Democratic governor.

Amid protests and accusations of a power grab, the Republican-led Wisconsin legislature approved a package of measures Wednesday meant to curb the authority of the U.S. state's newly-elected, incoming Democratic governor. "I want people to understand that, that there's going to be a divide between the legislative and executive branch".

Walker has signaled his support for the bill.

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

Divided along party lines, the GOP-run state budget committee in Wisconsin had a day earlier advanced numerous controversial measures after less than 12 hours of debate and amid growing protests in and around the capitol in Madison.

Walker tweeted that he "can handle the shouts, but leave the kids alone".

The moves in both states have drawn comparisons to Republican efforts in North Carolina in 2016, when lawmakers pushed through legislation limiting the authority of the state's Democratic governor-elect, triggering a legal battle that resulted in a loss for the Republicans. Wisconsin counties set their own early voting rules, and the biggest cities - Milwaukee and Madison - allowed early voting for six weeks. Democratic turnout is expected to be high in that primary, so moving it to March would help conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, a Walker appointee, who is up for election in April. Amid threats of lawsuits from Democrats, the GOP vowed that their changes would be upheld in court.

Petryk indicated Monday afternoon he planned to listen to floor debate and gather input from constituents before determining how he would vote on the measures. A GOP measure that included lifetime coverage caps was rejected by Senate Democrats and a pair of Republicans early Wednesday. The measure had always been stalled in the Senate due to lack of GOP support.

Prominent Republican businessman Sheldon Lubar expressed his opposition to the extraordinary session in a letter to Gov.

If signed by outgoing Republican Governor Scott Walker, the bills will curb the authority of incoming Democrat Tony Evers and his attorney general.

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

Those include one aimed at changing the date of the presidential primary and a proposal to remove the attorney general from state lawsuits where he would be a party and replace him with a private attorney of the legislature's choosing. An amendment to do away with that provision was part of a Republican rewrite of the bill, made public around 4:30 a.m. after all-night negotiations. "Give the voters the right to choose their governor and attorney general". -Elect Tony Evers, seen here on the campaign trail.

Kaul says that's created to prevent Evers from ordering him to withdraw from a multi-state lawsuit challenging federal health care laws.

Another bill could impact Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel when they consider the state's positions on laws subject to legal challenges.

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

The bills would also allow legislators to decide whether to withdraw the state from lawsuits, rather than the attorney general.

The Assembly followed, voting 56-27 to pass and send the bill to the governor's desk.

Other proposals passed. But the power grab is temporary.

"If you use Act 10 [the 2011 anti-union bill] as a marker, and you go back to what happened around here. with all that went on, Scott Walker won the recall election handily and no legislative seats really changed hands", Scholz said.

However, they said they are shaken by the urgency of Republicans legislating environmental policy during the lame-duck after Democrats won in MI campaigning largely on environmental issues like clean water.

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