The Latest: Walker: Line-item vetoes likely on some bills

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin’s lame-duck legislative session (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he’s considering at least one line-item veto of bills passed by Republican lawmakers in a lame-duck session that would cut into the powers of the Democrat who defeated him.

Walker told reporters Tuesday he might look for other line-item possibilities. He didn’t give specifics Tuesday other than to say they involve appropriations.

Walker posted a lengthy message on Facebook earlier Tuesday giving the strongest sign yet that he’s likely to sign most of the legislation into law.

Democrats have criticized the measures pushed through last week as a power grab that undermines not just Gov.-elect Tony Evers but also the Democrat taking over as attorney general.

Walker downplayed that, saying that Evers will still have a lot of power.


10:10 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session.

Walker posted a lengthy message on Facebook on Tuesday detailing what he calls his “straightforward criteria” for reviewing the bills passed last week. It’s the latest sign that Walker is likely to sign the measures into law.

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and a number of Republicans, including former Gov. Scott McCallum, have urged Walker to veto the bills saying signing them would tarnish his legacy.

Walker say in the Facebook post that his criteria for deciding whether to sign the bills include whether they increase transparency, accountability, stability in government and protect taxpayers.

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