Michigan GOP lawmakers' lame-duck frenzy stirs controversy

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

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

"Now, whether or not Governor Walker and the state legislature believe that the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are detrimental to the forward advancement of the state of Wisconsin, that may be so, but the people of Wisconsin - according to their votes - have determined that they no longer wanted to retain Governor Walker, and they wanted to transfer leadership of their state to a Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general", Hamilton explained.

The measure would prevent incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers from withdrawing a federal waiver request to implement the work requirement for able-bodied adults younger than 50. Republicans lost both seats in the November election. If he can not persuade the governor to veto the proposals, Evers said he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice".

The legislation also limits the state's early voting period to two weeks.

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 includes a House bill that would allow the Legislature to intervene in state court cases, possibly blocking incoming Attorney General Dana Nessel.

The lame-duck moves followed within hours of similar efforts in Wisconsin, where lawmakers voted earlier Wednesday to shift clout to the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing the GOP governor. Republicans argue that the new body, which would be made up of three Democratic and three Republican legislators appointed by the governor, would promote bipartisan cooperation.

The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.

Kaul vowed to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit that seeks a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare.

"The strategy seems to be to make it harder for Democratic-leaning voters to cast their votes and to manipulate electoral and legislative process rules to leverage power", he said. Michigan Republicans are also working to strip power from the incoming Democratic attorney general and secretary of state.

On the heels of significant Democratic midterm victories in MI and Wisconsin, the Republican-controlled legislatures in both states have advanced plans to limit the authority of the states' newly elected governors.

The measure comes as the state is investigating alleged mishandling of absentee ballots by political operatives.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. We want more people involved in our democracy - not less.

The proposal up for a vote would weaken the governor's power to put in place administrative rules enacting state laws.

"She's perfectly capable of figuring out who is a Democrat and who is a Republican without the help of this lame-duck Legislature".

Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general. Both Nessel and Benson are Democrats.

Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will take office after an inauguration ceremony on January 7.

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