Evers Will Fight Plan to Limit His Power

Evers Will Fight Plan to Limit His Power

Evers Will Fight Plan to Limit His Power

Republican-led legislatures in Wisconsin and also MI are using lame-duck sessions to try and limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors in their states, prompting sore loser allegations from opponents who say lawmakers are undermining voters.

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. "I will take any steps possible to assure the people of Wisconsin that I will not invalidate those votes".

The changes would also weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws. One Senate Republican defected, while all Democrats voted against it.

In fact, the Republicans' new laws would require the Republican-controlled state legislature's permission before the attorney general can get involved in any litigation challenging a federal law.

"Since the release of the extraordinary session bills on Friday night, I have been working tirelessly with my policy staff, legislative service agencies, my Senate colleagues, and leadership to understand and pare down these bills to common-sense codification and technical fixes that don't overstep the powers granted to the legislature". Evers has said he would like to renegotiate the deal.

But the GOP also moved to nullify the effects of votes already cast - by stripping away authority from newly elected Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. But Fitzgerald said Walker and his chief of staff had been deeply involved in crafting the measures.

Republicans in that state are rushing to pass a new voter identification law before they lose their veto-proof majority in January. 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.

The state Elections Commission unanimously adopted a motion Monday declaring that the shift would be "extraordinarily difficult" and costly without additional funding.

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. And they would limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election, a restriction similar to what a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional.

The Legislature passed another measure to enact Medicaid work requirement rules that Walker recently won a federal waiver to establish.

A news conference where Fitzgerald and other Republican leaders spoke was peppered with catcalls from protesters.

Reporters at the scene described chaotic all-night negotiations with lawmakers wandering the Capitol building in Madison unsure of the current state of bill they were rushing to move forward.

The early morning votes were the height of a rare lame-duck legislative session.

"Wisconsin Republicans have gone too far and people from both sides of the aisle have made that clear by flooding their offices with calls and emails".

Evers said he is willing to work with Republicans in the future, but the bill challenges the checks and balances of democracy. "I think it's the wrong message, I think it is an embarrassment for the state and I think we can stop it".

Republican lawmakers defended the measures, saying they were meant to codify into law a more active role in the state for the GOP-led legislature.

Evers is the first Democratic Governor in eight years, and he urged the GOP to halt the lame-duck bills.

The time between the election and the end of a lawmaker's term is often referred to as the "lame duck" period.

"Today is an absolutely disgusting day for Wisconsin", said state Rep. Gordon Hintz, the Democratic leader in the state Assembly. Jon Erpenbach. "They lost and they're throwing a fit". That would make the bills available for both the senate and assembly on Tuesday.

Despite the victories by Evers, Kaul and other Democrats, the party gained no ground in the Legislature and blamed partisan gerrymandering by Republicans for stacking the electoral map against them.

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