Citizen Rights Group Call on WI Legislature to "Respect Our Votes"

Citizen Rights Group Call on WI Legislature to

Citizen Rights Group Call on WI Legislature to "Respect Our Votes"

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and MI are scrambling to pass last-minute legislation to limit the powers of incoming Democratic officials before their iron grip on state governments is loosened following last month's elections.

The governor, wearing a Santa tie, appeared unfazed as he flipped the switch while one protester shouted "Hey Walker!"

Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald made the comments to conservative WISN radio host Jay Weber.

Walker has signaled his support.

Assembly Democrats filibustered for 60 straight hours in 2011 in a vain attempt to stop Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

"North Carolina in 2016 started the roadmap that other Republican-dominated states are following", said Kathleen Dolan, who is chairwoman of the political science department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "But he's not the governor today", said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

Bob Kinosian, from Wauwatosa, Wis., holding up a sign during the state Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. "The public just elected candidates across the board who are talking about this issue and then the first order of business after the election is to gut clean-up standards". Deafening chants of "shame" filled the chamber as police escorted people out. It is unfortunate, that by refusing to recognize the voice of the people, they have broken Wisconsin Government. While lame-duck sessions are common in Congress, they are unusual in Wisconsin.

It did not take up proposals to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary, to require health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, or authorize a $70 million tax incentives package for consumer products company Kimberly-Clark Corp.

The incoming attorney general's discretion will also be significantly curtailed under the same bill. "How is it that you have more power when you lose?"

"We're going to work with the governor-elect, but we're going to do it in a way that's balanced between the legislative and administrative level", said Republican Rep. John Nygren, Marinette during the debate. Nygren said it was a positive step that would "bring us together to solve the problems of the state".

Republicans defended the measures, saying their goal is to keep a proper balance between the legislative and executive branches. But they retained legislative majorities thanks to what Democrats say are gerrymandered districts that tilt the map.

"We do not believe any one individual should have the opportunity to come in and with a stroke of the pen ... eliminate laws passed by our Legislature", Vos said, citing rules enacting voter photo ID, a key GOP initiative during Walker's two terms. That would make the bills available for both the senate and assembly on Tuesday.

"After these antics, the Republican legacy will be one of corruption, dishonesty, and misplaced priorities", tweeted Wisconsin Democrat Jennifer Shilling, the minority leader in the state senate.

"Even you have questions", Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said as debate began.

Here's how you can help: Since Truthout doesn't run ads or take corporate or government money, we rely on our readers for support. They didn't make the bills public until late Friday afternoon, after they scheduled Monday's hearing before the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Pat McCrory's defeat by taking action - after the election but before his replacement could be sworn in - to reduce incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's appointees and require his Cabinet picks to be confirmed by lawmakers.

The bill would weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws and shield the state jobs agency from his control until September.

The legislation also would limit in-person early voting statewide to a two-week window before elections. It came as Republican lawmakers prepared to vote on lame-duck session measures to weaken powers of the incoming Democratic governor.

The GOP bills also have severely hindered incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul's power, dissolving some of the department of justice's most influential powers into the Legislature and allowing legislators to sidestep the attorney general in many legal battles.

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