GOP-led Michigan Senate to vote on bill to strip Dem's power

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The Michigan state Senate voted on Thursday to strip the power to oversee campaign finance from the newly elected Democratic secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, instead handing the authority to a bipartisan commission.

Wisconsin's incoming Democratic governor says he's willing to go to court if a Republican plan to restrict his powers is signed into law. That measure is meant to stop Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, both Democrats, from following through on campaign promises to end Wisconsin's challenge to the federal healthcare law known as Obamacare. Eric Doster, a former long-time lawyer for the state GOP, testified that the commission would operate similarly to those in other states and said "now the time is right".

Democrats say the move is a bid to limit their power after an election in which they made gains, while other critics say the commission would deadlock and ensure lax enforcement.

"Senate Republicans have voted to gut enforcement of Michigan's campaign finance law", she said in a statement following the 25-11 votes along nearly entirely party lines.

The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices.

Among the bills that have advanced so far during the lame-duck session are ones which create a campaign finance commission, give the legislature the ability to intervene in lawsuits, and rollback a previously-approved increase in the minimum wage and paid-sick-leave mandate.

The bill now heads to the desk of outgoing Republican Governor Scott Walker, who has signaled support for the bill.

Wisconsin Republicans passed the legislation in an all-night session marked by stops and starts as GOP leaders tried to muster enough votes in the Senate.

"This is a heck of a way to run a railroad", Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling said as the Senate debate resumed at 5 a.m. Wednesday after a seven-hour impasse.

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The legislation also limits the state's early voting period to two weeks.

Nessel, for example, has said she probably will not defend a law allowing faith-based groups to refuse to serve same-sex couples who want to adopt children. He says a handful of people desperately want to "cling to power". If that doesn't work Evers said he might sue.

The bill would limit the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until September 1.

SB 884 would limit the duties of the attorney general by taking away his power to name a solicitor general to represent the state in major lawsuits. "This in an institutional bill created to ensure that the legislative branch has a voice".

In a statement, Evers said: "Wisconsin has never seen anything like this".

But the new legislation would also require that Evers obtain permission from the GOP legislature before seeking to tweak the conditions of federal waivers or making changes to public assistance programs.

Democrats also criticized the bill that would prescribe how Benson randomly selects the four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to sit on the redistricting panel. "She's perfectly capable of figuring out who is a Democrat and who is a Republican without the help of this lame-duck Legislature".

But the GOP sponsor, Sen.

The new legislation would allow districts to apply to become "innovative districts" that are exempt from most state education rules and would answer to the new commission. The legislation approved Wednesday would prescribe criteria for determining applicants' political affiliation.

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