The Wisconsin Senate has narrowly rejected a bill that would have created a state guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions can have access to health insurance. The legislation also shields the state jobs agency from his control until September and cuts into the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general.
The move comes almost a month after Gov. -elect Tony Evers, a Democrat, narrowly beat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker has not signified his action but he has worked in concerts for many years with Republican legislative heads there.
"The Legislature makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws and the judicial branch interprets the laws", said Rep. Robert Wittenberg of Huntington Woods. That measure is meant to stop Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, both Democrats, from following through on campaign promises to end Wisconsin's challenge to the federal healthcare law known as Obamacare.
Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests.
"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.More news: Jake Gyllenhaal Confirms Villain Role in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
The GOP power grab comes after North Carolina lawmakers took similar steps two years ago and as Michigan Republicans discuss taking action before a Democratic governor takes over in that state.
Early Wednesday, the Wisconsin Senate approved legislation that will weaken the governing abilities of incoming Democrats Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. That measure is awaiting a final legislative vote in the state Assembly. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with one Republican, state Sen.
Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general. "If you vote for this, shame on you".
Meanwhile, Republican Assembly speaker Robin Vos insisted the moves satisfy the will of the voters. "To you, this is all about politics". Multiple people have come forward to say they were hired to go to people's homes and collect ballots (which is illegal), all of whom were hired by a campaign operative with a known history of criminal behavior.
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.More news: Crew from aborted Soyuz mission to get second chance at ISS mission
The proposal up for a vote would weaken the governor's power to put in place administrative rules enacting state laws.
Also Wednesday, the House voted 58-50 for legislation that would empower the Legislature, House or Senate to intervene in any suit at any stage, a right already granted to the attorney general. That move is created 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. They made opposition to that lawsuit a central part of both of their campaigns.
Democrats question the timing and counter that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach.
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