GOP leaders try to reach deal on lame-duck proposals

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MADISON, WI–  In Wisconsin,  lawmakers are debating a series of controversial bills that will affect the powers of the incoming Democratic administration.

A series of measures in front of the Legislature includes reducing executive powers for Governor-elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Republican leaders have yet to reach an agreement regarding proposals they hope to pass during the lame-duck session.

Part of those proposals would make sure appointments made by Evers can’t take over the Wisconsin Economic

Development Corporation, the state’s job agency that Evers wants to eliminate.

The Senate met briefly on and off to confirm more than 80 appointees by Governor Scott Walker.

But Democrats argued on the floor, they never had a public hearing, and lawmakers didn’t have any time to review their backgrounds.

Democrats said these are last minute appointments which add on to the proposals limiting the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon,  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the measures are designed to bring equal balance to the executive and legislative branches of government.

Democrats, however, are calling it a last-minute power grab.

“Today we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight as hard as we can. Tomorrow. If this gets through, we’ll look at every remedy we have to vigorously advocate for people of Wisconsin., said Rep. Chris Taylor (D).

“I respect the fact that Tony Evers is the governor and he’s going to be starting on January 7th. But he’s not the governor today and that’s why we are going to make sure that the powers of each branch are as equal as they can be. Because most of you realize that when the constitution was written, the first branch of government is the legislature. We are the most representative and I believe the one that is the closest to the people,” said Rep. Robin Vos (R) Assembly Speaker.

The Assembly has not convened yet. The lawmakers have been delayed since 1 p.m.

Multiple proposals are still on the table Tuesday night but lawmakers still haven’t gone back into session.
it’s expected to be a late night at the capitol.

Check back for details.

If you would like to watch the proceedings from the Wisconsin State Capitol, click here.

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin lawmakers are debating a series of controversial bills that will affect the powers of the incoming Democratic administration.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the measures are designed to bring equal balance to the executive and legislative branches of government.

Democrats, however, are calling it a last-minute power grab.

“Today we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight as hard as we can. Tomorrow, if this gets through, we’ll look at every remedy we have to vigorously advocate for the people of Wisconsin,” said Rep. Chris Taylor (D).

“Now having it done right now is not the ideal situation. I would have preferred to have had done it with Governor Walker in the spring. We already had the discussion. Knowing we didn’t have the opportunity then is why we’re doing it now,” said Rep. Robin Vos (R) Assembly Speaker.

Both the Senate and the Assembly were expected to vote sometime Tuesday evening.

Check back for details.

If you would like to watch the proceedings from the Wisconsin State Capitol, click here.

Kevin Jacobsen

Kevin Jacobsen

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