GOP Michigan Senate votes to strip Dem's power

GOP Michigan Senate votes to strip Dem's power

"Now, whether or not Governor Walker and the state legislature believe that the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are detrimental to the forward advancement of the state of Wisconsin, that may be so, but the people of Wisconsin - according to their votes - have determined that they no longer wanted to retain Governor Walker, and they wanted to transfer leadership of their state to a Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general", Hamilton explained.

Walker is getting bipartisan pressure to veto the measures, including from Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers. If he can not persuade the governor to veto the proposals, Evers said he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice".

Please also veto legislation that restricts early voting.

"The incoming secretary of state was elected to preside over election matters", said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint.

Alternative bills which seem to be consented next week involving manifestos would debilitate the capacity of the government and attorney general to regulate the state's situation in court cases.

Bills advancing in Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature would strip power from the incoming Democratic secretary of state. That bill would also give the Legislature oversight over the governor seeking future waivers for health care, a change Democrats said would handcuff the new administration.

The votes early Wednesday were the height of a rare lame-duck legislative session.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, said as debate concluded in that chamber that the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch. They're also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. They said the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative approved last month is self-executing, and the legislation is unconstitutional and is not supported by organizers of the ballot drive nor people who voted for it.

Meanwhile, North Carolina's Republican-led state Senate approved a new strict voter identification law on Thursday, after the state Assembly did the same on Wednesday.

Republicans on Wednesday passed far-reaching legislation that cuts into both Evers' powers and those of the Democrat who will take over as attorney general next month.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. Faced with a Democratic governor for the first time in eight years, Republicans came up with a package of lame-duck bills to preserve their priorities and make it harder for Evers to enact his. He says a handful of people desperately want to "cling to power".

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

Wisconsin Republicans passed a raft of bills that would allow lawmakers, rather than the attorney general, to decide whether to withdraw the state from lawsuits. The measures are created to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

Democratic Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office on January 1.

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