Wisconsin Senate limits governor's power

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin were preparing on Tuesday to vote on a raft of bills that would weaken the powers of the state governor and attorney general, weeks before newly elected Democrats take those posts. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, joining all Democrats voting against.

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

Almost every County Clerk in Wisconsin came out against the proposal, calls flooded state legislative lines - and that idea died in committee.

"Wisconsin has never seen anything like this", Evers said in a statement Wednesday. 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 new rules block the governor and attorney general from fulfilling one of their signature campaign promises: to withdraw Wisconsin from the multistate lawsuit to torpedo the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The attorney general's office could also be weakened by a proposal to require a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general, to sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits. Republicans hold a 12-4 majority on that committee.

"These proposals are an insult to the voters of Wisconsin and MI", he said.

A spokeswoman for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who would have to sign the bills into law, said he would reserve judgment until they land on his desk.

"We're going to work with the governor-elect, but we're going to do it in a way that's balanced between the legislative and administrative level", said Republican Rep. John Nygren, Marinette during the debate.

Lawmakers also voted to limit early voting in Wisconsin and make it more hard for Evers to alter Wisconsin's voter ID law. Jon Erpenbach. "They lost and they're throwing a fit". It is unfortunate, that by refusing to recognize the voice of the people, they have broken Wisconsin Government.

The Assembly passed the bill 59-32 early Wednesday morning. The Republican measures would also change the date of the 2020 presidential primary to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice and limit early voting. All Democrats voted against it. The new legislation will rescind much of that power from his Democratic successor.

Republicans did concede a portion of the measure. Now, it looks like other state Republicans have adopted the move into their playbook. "There's nothing bad about that". This includes any changes to Wisconsin's Medical Assistance program, which would need to be passed by the Legislature.

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Meetings and negotiations among lawmakers during the day and into the night Tuesday played a large role in the proceedings flowing into Wednesday morning. A final vote on the plan is expected as early as Tuesday.

One measure, House Bill 6553, would give the state House of Representatives and Senate the power to intervene in legal proceedings. Spectators shouted "Shame!" and hurled complaints at senators, temporarily halting debate, as they walked out under police escort. After a roughly 40-minute break, Roth reopened the gallery. That chamber's vote came a few hours after the Senate, shortly after sunrise, voted 17-16 to pass the legislation.

Among the appointments confirmed were Ellen Nowak for a seat on the Public Service Commission and high-profile attorney Scott Beightol for the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

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

Democrats and other opponents argue that the measure provided inadequate coverage and would cause premiums to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable.

"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.

"I respect the fact that Tony Evers is the governor and he's going to be on January 7". They didn't make the bills public until late Friday afternoon, after they scheduled Monday's hearing before the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.

"This is outrageous abuse of power and should be huge national scandal".

In North Carolina, Republican legislators attempted to curtail gubernatorial powers after Democrat Roy Cooper was elected in 2016. "That's what the people of Wisconsin want, that's what the people of Wisconsin deserve, and that's more than what they got from government here tonight". "Everything is on the table to stop this pernicious attack on our democracy". Backing out of a lawsuit challenging the 2010 federal health care law had been a major campaign issue for Evers and Kaul.

"The last election changed the state in a way that apparently the legislature has made a decision to not accept", he said.

Incoming Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, for example, had suggested the state would pull out of the ongoing lawsuit against Obamacare.

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