They also moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, who has rebuffed a third term in November, is now contemplating the bills to restrict its successor Tony Evers; Mr.
Evers says Republicans are ignoring the will of voters. If he can not persuade the governor to veto the proposals, Evers said he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice". The bill next goes to the GOP-led Senate.
The legislation includes a House bill that would allow the Legislature to intervene in state court cases, possibly blocking incoming Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Republicans in Wisconsin passed legislation on December 5 that will weaken the power of the governor and attorney general while strengthening the Republican-controlled legislature.
The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.
Wisconsin Republicans passed the legislation in an all-night session marked by stops and starts as GOP leaders tried to muster enough votes in the Senate.
Kaul vowed to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit that seeks a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, said as debate concluded in that chamber that the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch.
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. 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.
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"Interestingly, just as Democrats are set to take control of the SBE, Republican legislators have hatched this plan to create this shadow SBE, taking powers from the existing SBE-similar to their raw power grab with other legislation reducing powers of the incoming Democratic governor, attorney general and secretary of state", said MEA spokesperson David Crim.
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.
Republicans maintained legislative majorities in the midterms, winning 11 state Senate seats to Democrats' six and 63 state Assembly seats to Democrats' 36.
The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it.
As part of the package passed early Wednesday morning, Republicans codified work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.
The bills give the Republican legislature control of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board, which for eight years has been the duty of Walker.
Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general. The measures are created to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.
Michigan Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer high-fives Lt. Gov. -elect Garlin Gilchrist II during their post-election news conference in Detroit, Nov. 7, 2018.