Wisconsin lawmakers are set to take up plans Tuesday to diminish the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general that brought opponents to the state Capitol this week to protest on its steps and pound on hearing room doors.
To Democrats, the plan is a repudiation of the Nov. 6 election that felled Gov. Scott Walker and swept Democrats into state offices. To Republicans, it's the only way to ensure major changes enacted over the past eight years won't evaporate overnight.
Republican lawmakers will huddle behind closed doors Tuesday as they finalize their plans to clip the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul, limit early voting and give Republicans control of the state's job-creation agency.
Walker signaled Monday he largely supports it and would be willing to sign it before he leaves office Jan. 7. But there are a few GOP senators who aren't talking, making the legislation's fate unclear. Republicans control the Senate 18-15 and cannot afford more than one defection.
After 10 hours of testimony and debate, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee took its last vote just after midnight Tuesday. They approved three bills on party-line 12-4 votes, but did not take up one measure that would have moved the 2020 presidential primary from April to March at a cost of nearly $7 million to taxpayers.
Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.