Highlights of bills passed by Wisconsin Republicans

Highlights of bills passed by Wisconsin Republicans

Specifically, the bills curtail the governor's ability to make administrative changes to joint state-federal programs like unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid and the attorney general and governor's authority to end lawsuits brought by the state, a move created to keep Wisconsin in a legal action seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats have criticized it as a last-minute power grab that undercuts the November 6 elections, when Democrats broke years of total Republican control of state government in Wisconsin.

"You rig the system when you win and you rig the system when you lose", Wisconsin Democratic state Rep. Chris Taylor said of the Republican legislation. Republican lawmakers pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Governor-elect Evers.

It is my ultimate responsibility as a legislator to represent my constituents. Their terms will end in mid-2023, meaning they could outlast Evers' tenure as governor depending on whether he successfully seeks re-election.

Opponents to the measure argue it is discriminatory and aimed at discouraging turnout of populations that tend to vote for Democratic candidates, including minorities and young people. Perhaps that's why Wisconsin Republicans just moved to stomp out early voting. Republican lawmakers claimed that this rankled their (often rural) constituents.

Wisconsinites expect more from us and I hope at some point the Legislature will rise to the occasion and work with me to solve the pressing issues facing our state.

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Walker included limiting Evers' control over the state's jobs agency (which previous year gave the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn $3 billion in tax incentives to build a new factory in Wisconsin) as well as his ability to change the state's work requirements for food stamps and health care.

It would prevent Mr Evers and attorney general-elect Josh Kaul from making good on campaign promises such as removing the state from a lawsuit against the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

The Legislature met deep into the night Tuesday to pass a series of bills, first unveiled Friday, that would weaken the governor's office and transfer power away from the Democratic-elect attorney general and give it to the Legislature.

"I'm concerned. I think that Gov. -elect Evers is going to bring a liberal agenda to Wisconsin", he said.

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As the votes neared, legislative leaders began to let the mask slip about the true intention of their legislation.

Regarding early voting, the bill trims the state's early voting window to just two weeks statewide.

"We don't trust Tony Evers", Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters on Monday. But for the moment, they have the power to do so - so they are.

Fitzgerald wouldn't say whether there was enough support among Republicans for moving the 2020 presidential primary date, a change that would cost about $7 million and has drawn opposition from almost every county election official. They stood outside in the chill, spoke in hearing rooms amid what many described as heavy policing and cheered and chanted in the gallery until Senate leadership ordered it cleared Tuesday afternoon.

"We have allowed far too much authority to flow to the executive", Vos said.

A public hearing on these bills lasted late into the night, with hours of public testimony lambasting the bills.

In the wee hours of the morning, the plan passed the state Senate on a vote of 17-16, with Republican Sen.

It was a shocking result.

The same could happen with the current fight, said Brandon Scholz, a Republican strategist in Wisconsin. "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". Republicans had planned to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary, at cost of almost $7 million, from April to March, in order to prevent it from taking place on the same day as the April 7 State Supreme Court race. Supreme Court races are officially nonpartisan but Kelly leans conservative.

The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.

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