On Wednesday, December 5th, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature passed legislation that will limit the powers of incoming Governor Tony Evers (D) and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul (D).
Wisconsin Senators passed the legislation by a 17-16 vote, with one Republican, Sen. Rob Cowles, joining Democrats in opposition. The Assembly voted 56-27 along party lines.
The legislation would make it difficult for Evers and Kaul to withdraw from a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act, a central issue in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
It will also allow the Legislature, not the Governor, to choose the leader of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., an agency established by outgoing Governor Scott Walker (R) in 2011.
The proposed legislation limits early voting to two weeks, and includes a provision that makes it easier for lawmakers to block rules out of the governor's office.
Gov. Walker has signaled that he will sign this into law before he leaves office on January 7th, 2019.
Two years ago in North Carolina, Republicans passed a similar law that limited the privileges of incoming Democratic Governor, Roy Cooper.
Food For Thought
What are the arguments for and against the proposed legislation?