The GOP-controlled Wisconsin Legislature approved a comprehensive law that would strengthen the legislature and replace the Democrat who replaced Republican Governor Scott Walker.
The Wisconsin Senate voted on the law just before sunrise on Wednesday, and the State Assembly passed it later in the morning.
The Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreements and democratic opposition to measures designed to restrict the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers and the electoral rights of Democratic prosecutor Josh Kaul. Both Evers and Kaul called on the Republicans not to do so, warning that if the new government and the first divided government took power for ten years, the lawsuits would bring Wisconsin to a standstill.
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"This is a damn good way to operate a railway line," said Minority Leader of the Democratic Senate, Jennifer Shilling, when the debate resumed at 5 am. "It's embarrassing, we're even here."
Republicans Legislators in Wisconsin and Michiganto restrict the power of incoming Democratic governors in their states, resulting in sore losers of opponents claiming that legislators would undermine voters , The measures also raise broader questions as to whether such efforts have become the new normal in a political environment in which the state organs become more partisan and powerful.
In a Wisconsin concession, Republicans refused to give legislature authority to bypass the attorney general and appoint their own lawyer when state laws are challenged in court. One amendment to abolish this provision was part of a Republican revision of the bill, which was released after four afternoon hearings at around 4:30.
Walker booed and tormented during an afternoon Christmas tree lighting ceremony The Capitol rotunda has signaled support for the measures he must sign before taking effect. He has served as governor for the past five weeks after losing a third term contract to Evers, the state school superintendent.
Despite the victories of Evers, Kaul and all other Democrats running for state office, the Republicans retained the majority in the legislation for the next two years. The Democrats accused the partisans who blamed the Republicans for stacking the voting card.
But for the first time in eight years before a Democratic governor, the republicans faced a package of lame-duck bills to protect and achieve their priorities. It's harder for Evers to play him.
"Why are we here today?" Gordon Hintz, leader of the minority Democratic Assembly, said the debate of more than nine hours began late Tuesday evening. Nothing is here to help people in Wisconsin, it's about helping politicians, it's about power and self-interest. "
Assembly spokesman Robin Vos said the bills would balance power between the legislature and the executive.
"We have allowed far too much authority to flow to the executive," Vos said. "It's all about politics for you, it's about the institution for me."
The Bill would weaken the Governor's ability to legislate, legislate, and protect the State Employment Agency from control until September. It would also limit the early vote to a maximum of two weeks before a vote, a similar restriction as a federal judge declares unconstitutional. The Democrats were optimistic that they would again be rejected by the courts.
The proposal would also weaken the Attorney General's Office by requiring that a Legislative Committee and not the Attorney General should sign the resignation from federal courts. This would prevent Evers and Kaul from fulfilling their campaign pledges to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They filed an appeal against this lawsuit as a central part of their two campaigns.
The Legislature passed another measure to pass Medicaid's work requirements rules, for which Walker had recently obtained a federal waiver. The bill would also give lawmakers the oversight of the governor, who seeks future exemptions for health care, a move Democrats would handcuff the new government.
The proposals come after the legislature of North Carolina took similar action two years ago. Michigan Republicans are also discussing action before a Democratic governor takes office.
Over the past two days, demonstrators had come and gone in the Capitol when the legislature passed the bills. The turmoil recalled much larger demonstrations in the early weeks of Walker's time as governor in 2011, when he ended collective bargaining for most of the public employees.
"The first thing Scott Walker did when he walked through the door of the Capitol" We should create chaos, "said Democratic Senate Jon Erpenbach in the Senate debate." The last thing he does is chaos. "