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Wisconsin's Walker weighing bill signings

07 December 2018

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.

"The big takeaway from the Wisconsin legislature's sabotage of its voters' mandate, and the similar action in North Carolina in 2016, closely following Republicans' federal proceduralist approach to matters like the Supreme Court and Obamacare, is that this is the new normal", Magarian said. It would also limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election, a restriction similar to what a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional. Walker has already signaled general support for the legislation.

A day after Wisconsin Republicans approved a package of bills meant to restrict the powers of incoming Democratic leaders, Republican lawmakers in mi advanced a similar effort despite an outcry from Democrats.

The full Senate could vote later Wednesday. But with an assist from his GOP allies in the state legislature, Walker appear poised to sign off on a suite of measures created to strip power from his successor. That would stop Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul from fulfilling promises to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

"My pitch to Governor Walker will be a couple of things, but most importantly it's part of his legacy that as he's walking out the door that he can, I believe, do the right thing for the people of Wisconsin and consider some vetoes", Evers says.

Michigan Republicans, succeeding the strategies of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, marched ahead to commence restricting the power of the approaching Democratic secretary of state and ready the stage for supplementary restraint on the Democrats who will succeed as the governor and attorney general in January.

Over Democrats' objections, the Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would guide the incoming secretary of state in creating an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative maps.

During a heated debate about the sweeping plan, Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz told GOP lawmakers that history would not be kind to them if they approved the bills. But the new legislation would add another party to the discussion: the legislature, which would essentially be given veto power over Kaul and likely keep the state in the suit.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it.

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.

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

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

Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general.

Wisconsin's Walker weighing bill signings