Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

"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.

The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices.

Robin Vos, the apeaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, told reporters the day after the election that the plan is meant to "re-balance" power following the Walker administration. But before she even takes office next month, her duty to oversee Michigan's campaign finance system could be gone _ stripped if a new Republican-sponsored bill is enacted into law.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has steadily amassed power during his eight-year tenure.

Among the political flashpoints in this lame-duck session in Lansing are pieces of legislation that would limit the power of the attorney general and the secretary of state.

Democrats can't help but wonder if Republicans would be trying to push the bills through had their party won those races last month and they're voicing their concern.

The bill failed by one vote Wednesday during a lame-duck legislative session where Republicans are focused on measures created to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

Evers said his staff has been reaching out to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to urge him not to sign the bills into law. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with just one Republican voting against it, around sunrise.

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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 Legislature, not the governor, would have the majority of appointments on the state's economic development agency that Evers has said he wants to dismantle.

The attorney general's office could also be weakened by a proposal to require a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general, to sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits.

The Wisconsin Legislature is preparing to vote on limiting the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

The move comes almost a month after Gov. -elect Tony Evers, a Democrat, narrowly beat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The new legislation tries to protect some of the GOP's achievements in recent years, including a work requirement for some people receiving state health care and the state's role in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

The former measure is seen as a maneuver to ensure that Republicans could support laws if Democratic Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Attorney General-elect Nessel are lukewarm about GOP-passed measures and drop appeals in cases the state loses. Democrats expect to challenge some of the bills in court.

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