Feyen Questions Proposals Suggested in Lame-Duck Session

Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

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The bill would also limit early voting in Wisconsin and give state lawmakers more power over the state's economic development agency, which Evers has said he would like to eliminate.

Wisconsin Republicans, just weeks away from losing control of the governor and attorney general's offices, planned dramatic lame-duck votes Tuesday on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats.

What didn't flip was Republican control of the state Senate and Assembly, thanks in large part to the gerrymandered nature of the legislative districts. The legislation, he said, ensures that Evers will have to negotiate with lawmakers and can not unilaterally erase Republican ideas.

Never in Wisconsin history "has an extraordinary session been used to deny the will of the people and take away powers from the newly elected governor and newly elected attorney general", Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor said. "You know, we saw record turnout in this November midterm election in which people very clearly said they were ready for a change; they've had enough of the partisan games, they wanted people to work together to solve problems".

But Republicans forged ahead regardless, passing it 17-16 with all Republicans except one in support.

He points out that "the reality is, we're going to have a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature". The new legislation will rescind much of that power from his Democratic successor.

The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.

The Republican-controlled state Legislature in Wisconsin has approved new limits on the power of Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers in a lame-duck session.

He urged voters to contact their legislators and said lawsuits were also being explored.

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The proposal up for a vote would weaken the governor's power to put in place administrative rules enacting state laws.

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

The power to withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law would rest with a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general.

The measure would prevent incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers from withdrawing a federal waiver request to implement the work requirement for able-bodied adults younger than 50.

A Republican-controlled legislative committee held a hearing for nine hours Monday before voting along party lines to pass the package of bills just before midnight. Differences among Republicans could push back their start time, but GOP leaders expressed hope they could get the bill through that house and the Assembly by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The Assembly was expected to pass the bill later Wednesday, sending it on to Walker for his consideration. The full Senate and Assembly took up the proposals on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, with the help of the Mary and Don Miller family from Plainfield, Wis., flipped the switch to light the state Christmas Tree in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison.

The GOP has introduced sweeping lame-duck legislation that would weaken the governor and attorney general's offices.

To Democrats, the plan is a repudiation of the November 6 election that felled Republican Gov. Scott Walker and swept Democrats into state offices.

They are also skeptical of the GOP plan because the lame-duck legislation would allow Republican lawmakers to keep alive a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act that Evers and Kaul want to drop. The measures are created to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. Similar limitations were found unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2016 and Democrats have threatened legal action again.

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