Wisconsin Makes Move to Weaken Incoming Governor, AG

Legislature is controlled by Republicans; incoming governor and AG are Democrats
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker arrives for the lighting of the state Christmas tree in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday in Madison, Wis.   (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
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(Newser) – The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, the AP reports. The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin Senate did the same less than three hours earlier after lawmakers worked through most of the night. The bills now go to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support. The bill would limit the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws—and much more. The AP highlights the rest:

  • Limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election.
  • Give the Legislature's budget committee, rather than the attorney general, the power to withdraw the state from lawsuits. That move is designed to block Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers from allowing the incoming attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

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