How GOP Bills Would Limit Gov.-Elect Tony Evers' Power

How GOP Bills Would Limit Gov.-Elect Tony Evers' Power

How GOP Bills Would Limit Gov.-Elect Tony Evers' Power

Democrats expect to challenge some of the bills in court.

Alternative bills which seem to be consented next week involving manifestos would debilitate the capacity of the government and attorney general to regulate the state's situation in court cases.

MI voters last month passed a constitutional amendment to have the 13-member commission of four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents handle redistricting instead of the partisan Legislature.

The Republican-led Michigan House has voted to empower the Legislature to intervene in any lawsuit at any stage, a right already granted to the state attorney general.

"The will of the people has officially been ignored by the Legislature", Evers said Wednesday.

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The GOP headed State Senate in MI, electing mainly along party lines passed the bill that clears the incoming secretary of state of the authority to superintend crusade funding matters and transfers it to contemporary bipartisan enterprise.

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

The main bill was sent to the GOP-led House to be considered as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin. They said the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative approved last month is self-executing, and the legislation is unconstitutional and is not supported by organizers of the ballot drive nor people who voted for it.

The Wisconsin legislation passed in a session marked by stops and starts as GOP leaders tried to muster enough votes in the Senate. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with one Republican, state Sen. The new law, if signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, would allow the legislature to intervene and potentially protect their actions in the attorney general's stead.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos countered that the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch. "To you, this is all about politics". "If you vote for this, shame on you". Legislative director Shelli Weisberg said the bills now would let people registering to vote in the two weeks before an election submit an affidavit if they do not have photo identification, which she referred to as "an important hurdle" that was addressed. "You will go down in history as a disgrace", he added, as he and other Democrats employed hyperbolic rhetoric.

The attorney general's office could also be weakened by a proposal to require a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general, to sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits.

Both Evers and Kaul committed during the campaign to pulling Wisconsin out of a multi-state lawsuit seeking to invalidate Obamacare.

The changes would also weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws.

The Legislature passed another measure to enact Medicaid work requirement rules that Walker recently won a federal waiver to establish.

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The Senate also approved measures to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment that allows same-day voter registration, over criticism that the legislation could conflict with the voters' intent and should wait until after the frenetic lame-duck session.

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