Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

GOP Wisconsin State Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Incoming Democratic Governor's Powers. Here's What That Means

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Republicans say the concept is not new, and voters recently showed their support for independent panels to be involved in elections by approving a redistricting ballot initiative. Republicans said there needs to be clarification of where people could register on Election Day because local clerks expressed concerns about potentially having to register them at crowded polling places.

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.

The bill now heads to the desk of outgoing Republican Governor Scott Walker, who has signaled support for the bill.

"The will of the people has officially been ignored by the Legislature", Evers said at a press conference, "Wisconsin should be embarrassed by this", Evers said.

"The situation that we are sitting in right now if we do not pass these proposals is that we are going to have a very liberal governor who is going to enact policies that are in direct contrast to what many of us believe in", said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester.

A spokeswoman for Ryan did not respond to a request for comment on the plan when asked by ABC News.

Wisconsin Minority Leader Gordon Hintz holds a press conference in the Assembly chambers at the Capitol in Madison on December 4, 2018.

The attorney general's office, meanwhile, wouldn't be allowed to withdraw from federal lawsuits.

A number of large health groups in Wisconsin oppose the Medicaid legislation, saying it could have unintended consequences and is more restrictive than the federal waiver. After Republicans there took control of the Assembly, Senate and governorship in 2011, Democratic legislators hid out in IL to try to prevent Republicans from taking action on Walker's plan to cut union benefits as a way to fix the state budget.

Wisconsin Republicans are working through the night to bring together enough votes to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck proposals created to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the incoming Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

There, Republican politicians advanced legislation this week that would take over campaign finance oversight authority from the secretary of state.

Speaking with Politico, retiring Jim Brulte - who has headed the largest GOP state party in the country since 2013 - called the devastating election a "canary in the coalmine" and explained what the GOP will face in future elections if changes aren't made.

When both take office in January Wisconsin will experience the first divided government in 10 years. Or they already are, if you live in MI.

Many analysts credit that law with suppressing enough votes to flip Wisconsin from blue to red in the 2016 presidential election.

Michigan's secretary of state is responsible for enforcing the campaign finance law and issuing binding declaratory rulings related to political spending.

For cases that start in state court, a big hurdle for Wisconsin Democrats will be making their arguments before a Wisconsin Supreme Court controlled by conservative justices, said Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic state lawmaker and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Also Wednesday, the House planned to approve 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.

Bridge magazine reports that a member of the State Board of Education has said they will sue if the board is approved.

Walker is getting bipartisan pressure to veto the measures, including from Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers. They also were moving a bill allowing the legislature to defend laws challenged in court if Democrat leaders opt against doing so.

This move has scared moral watchdogs who have vociferated it power seize and has encouraged complaint amongst Democrats.

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