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Wisconsin's Lame-Duck Legislation
Dec 6, 2018 at 03:47 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • 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.

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