Lame Duck: Republican-led Michigan Senate OKs bill to strip Democrat's power

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A day after Wisconsin Republicans approved a package of bills meant to restrict the powers of incoming Democratic leaders, Republican lawmakers in mi advanced a similar effort despite an outcry from Democrats.

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.

Republicans says the concept is not "unique", pointing to the Federal Election Commission and similar panels in other states.

Democrats say the move is a bid to limit their power after an election in which they made gains, while other critics say the commission would deadlock and ensure lax enforcement.

The Republican state Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, called the blowback to the plan "manufactured outrage by the Democrats", and said that while they trusted Walker, a Republican, to handle the "back and forth with the legislature", they do not trust Evers, a Democrat.

Democrats won the governor, attorney general and secretary of state's offices last month.

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Among the bills that have advanced so far during the lame-duck session are ones which create a campaign finance commission, give the legislature the ability to intervene in lawsuits, and rollback a previously-approved increase in the minimum wage and paid-sick-leave mandate. Demonstrators booed outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday during the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, at times drowning out a high school choir with their own songs in protest of a Republican effort to gut the powers of his Democratic successor. But Democrats and proponents of the redistricting law say the incoming Democratic secretary of state is perfectly capable of implementing it without intrusion from the GOP-controlled Legislature. The bill next goes to the GOP-led Senate.

One of the new measures would limit early voting to a period of two weeks, a substantial cut for places like Milwaukee, where Democrats have a significant advantage over Republicans. He says a handful of people desperately want to "cling to power". Should it pass, the bill could weaken both the governor and the attorney general's ability to make certain decisions without approval of the state legislature. Attorneys general frequently decline to defend challenges involving legislation that conflicts with the views of the executive branch. The sponsor, Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, said it would simply let the Legislature intervene without the court approval that it now needs, regardless of which party is in power. "This in an institutional bill created to ensure that the legislative branch has a voice".

"The will of the people has officially been ignored by the Legislature", Evers said Wednesday. That bill would also give the Legislature oversight over the governor seeking future waivers for health care, a change Democrats said would handcuff the new administration. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5. He beat challenger Brad Schimel by less than one percent of over 2.5 million votes cast.

As part of the package passed early Wednesday morning, Republicans codified work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

But the GOP sponsor, Sen. But the new legislation would add another party to the discussion: the legislature, which would essentially be given veto power over Kaul and likely keep the state in the suit. The legislation approved Wednesday would prescribe criteria for determining applicants' political affiliation.

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