The Latest: Wisconsin’s Walker weighing bill signings
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legislative session (all times local):
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is weighing whether to sign a sweeping package of bills that would weaken the powers of his Democratic successor.
Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said Thursday that the governor was reviewing the bills that passed early Wednesday morning during a rare lame-duck legislative session. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the measures following overnight debate.
Evenson didn’t give a time frame for when Walker would act. Walker has 10 days to take action once the bills are delivered to him.
Walker’s office worked closely with legislators to craft the measures, but Republican lawmakers made last-minute changes during late-night negotiations.
Walker is getting bipartisan pressure to veto the measures, including from Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers (EE’-vers). Walker has already signaled general support for the legislation.
Wisconsin’s incoming Democratic governor says he’s willing to go to court if a Republican plan to restrict his powers is signed into law.
But Tony Evers (EE’-vers) says he’ll first make a personal appeal to Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto the legislation.
Republicans on Wednesday passed far-reaching legislation that cuts into both Evers’ powers and those of the Democrat who will take over as attorney general next month.
It’s a move similar to that carried out by Republicans in North Carolina two years ago — and Republicans in Michigan are talking of similar action this week.
Evers says Republicans are ignoring the will of voters.