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Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

Michigan House votes to extend legislative power”

In Wisconsin, the legislature is controlled by Republicans, but their governor and secretary of state flipped red to blue in November. If the bills are signed, Evers says, he will explore litigation or other ideas to ensure the legislation "does not get into practice".

The measure effectively serves to strengthen the state legislature, both chambers of which will remain Republican-controlled. The legislation, ultimately, could make it harder for future Democratic election wins.

Scott Walker is on his way out, defeated in November by Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers.

Meanwhile, in MI, the legislature will also remain in control of Republicans, but the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state will all be Democrats for the first time in almost three decades.

Unless, of course, they voted to limit that governor's power.

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 bills also limit in-person early voting to two weeks before an election, and give the legislature ability to hire private attorneys.

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 Assembly approved it on a 56-27 vote about two hours later, sending it on to Walker, with one Republican, Rep. Todd Novak, defecting. The measure had always been stalled in the Senate due to lack of GOP support. Walker has signaled his support for the bills; on Thursday, a spokesman said Walker was still reviewing the legislation and gave no timetable for action. "We have (the) judiciary and the governor and the House and Senate", Sen.

The legislation passed Wednesday would shield the state jobs agency from his control and allow the board to choose its leader until September, likely at least delaying Evers' ability to maneuver on the Foxconn subsidy.

In one concession, Republicans backed away from giving the Legislature the power to sidestep the attorney general and appoint their own attorney when state laws are challenged in court. The new law would also allow residents to register to vote through election day.

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.

The Assembly passed the bill 59-32 early Wednesday morning.

"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. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Democrats also criticized the bill that would prescribe how Benson randomly selects the four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to sit on the redistricting panel. Debate on the rest of the proposals was expected to stretch into early Wednesday in both houses.

Walker has said he supports the bills His office worked with Republican lawmakers to craft the legislation.

Republicans pushed on Tuesday night into Wednesday through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition.

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



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