Republicans rush to limit power of incoming Democratic governors

Republicans rush to limit power of incoming Democratic governors

Another provision would weaken the attorney general's office by requiring a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general, to sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits. The sponsor, Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, said it would simply let the Legislature intervene without the court approval that it now needs, regardless of which party is in power. But the new legislation would add another party to the discussion: the legislature, which would essentially be given veto power over Kaul and likely keep the state in the suit.

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.

Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests.

The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning.

Evers on the stump said he would disband the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a jobs agency that has come under intense scrutiny for its role in providing tax incentive deals to major corporations like tech manufacturing giant Foxconn.

"We're seeing more and more public policy issues being addressed in the courts, rather than exclusively in the legislative branch", he said.

The bill was sent to the GOP-led House on Thursday for consideration as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin. "You're sore losers. Does anybody think this is the right way to do business? If you vote for this, shame on you, you will go down in history as a disgrace", Hintz said.

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Robin Vos, the apeaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, told reporters the day after the election that the plan is meant to "re-balance" power following the Walker administration.

"We have allowed far too much authority to flow to the executive", Vos said. "To me, it's about the institution". Among them: a massive $3 billion subsidy to bring Foxconn, a key Apple Inc. supplier, to Wisconsin, along with thousands of jobs.

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

State. Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) was the only republican senator to oppose the bill limiting early voting.

The legislation also prevents the new Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul from withdrawing from federal lawsuits without their approval. They made opposition to that lawsuit a central part of both of their campaigns.

A key dissimilarity between Wisconsin and MI, however, may be their Republican governors. 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.

A public policy analyst contends that Republicans would be very upset if Democrats did what the lame duck Republican leadership is doing in Wisconsin.

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