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Lame-duck Wisconsin Republicans vote to weaken incoming Democratic Governor, Attorney General

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1; The Wisconsin Senate voted just before sunrise Wednesday after a full night session to pass a sweeping bill in a lama-duck session designed to empower the GOP-controlled legislature and weaken the Democratic Republishing Republican Government Scott Walker.

The Republicans argued through protests, internal disagreements and democratic opposition to the measures aimed at reducing the powers of the forthcoming democratic government Evers and the elected democratic lawyer Josh Kaul. Both Evers and Kaul urged Republicans not to do so and warn that trials would give more gridlock to Wisconsin when the new administration, and the first divided government in 10 years, took over.

But the Republicans smiled forward regardless of passing through the 17th to 16th with all Republicans except one in support. All Democrats voted against it. The congregation was expected to forward the bill later on Wednesday, forward it to Walker for his consideration. Walker has signaled support.

“This is a great way to drive a railroad,” said the Democratic Senate’s minority leader Jennifer Shilling as the debate resumed at 5 pm “It’s embarrassing that we’re even here.”

In a concession, republicans oppressed from giving the legislature the power to subdue the lawyer and appoint his own lawyer when prosecutors are challenged in court. An amendment to remove that provision was part of a republican rewriting of the bill published around 4:30 after all nightly negotiations.

Walker, who was booed and chopped during an afternoon Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Capitol Rotunda, has signaled support for the actions he would need to sign before entering into force. He is in his last five weeks as governor after losing a third-term bid to Evers, the state school’s superintendent.

In spite of Evers, Victors and other democrats’ transitions for the statewide office, the Republicans retained majority voting in the legislature for the next two years. Democrats blamed the party’s rumor repression by Republicans to stack the election card against them.

However, in front of a Democratic governor for the first time in eight years, Legislative Republicans came up with a package of lame-bills to protect their priorities and make it more difficult for Evers to assume his.

“Why are we here today?” The Democratic Assembly’s minority leader Gordon Hintz said when the debate over more than nine hours began late Tuesday night. “What do we do?” Nothing we do here is about helping those working in Wisconsin. It’s about helping politicians. It’s about power and self-interest. “

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos contradicted the bills to ensure a balance between power between legislators and executive branch.

” We have allowed far too much authority to float to executive, “said Vos.” For you, this is about the policy. “To me, it’s about the institution.”

The bill would weaken the governor’s ability to introduce rules that adopts laws and protect the state employment agency from his control to September. It would also limit early voting to no more than two weeks before a election, a restriction similar to what a federal judge decided was constitutional. Democrats were optimistic, it would be rejected by the courts again.

The proposal would also worsen the law firm’s office by requiring a legislative committee, instead of the law board, to print to withdraw from federal lawsuits. This would prevent Evers and Kaul from fulfilling their campaign ceilings to withdraw Wisconsin from a majority trial aimed at repealing the reasonable care team. They raised opposition to this trial a central part of both their campaigns.

The legislature passed another measure to adopt Medicaid’s work requirements rules Walker recently won a federal exemption to establish. The bill would also provide legislators with the governor seeking future healthcare exemptions, a change that the Democrats said would make the cuff the new administration.

The proposals come after North Carolina legislators took similar steps two years ago. Michigan Republicans also discuss to take action before a Democratic governor takes over.

Protesters have come to Capitol in the last two days as legislators rushed to pass the bills. The tumble recalls much more demonstrations during Walker’s time as governor in 2011 when he effectively terminated collective bargaining for most public workers.

“The first thing Scott Walker did when he walked through the door of Capitol was to create chaos,” said Democratic later Jon Erpenbach during the late debate. “The last thing he does is to create chaos.”

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