Last minute republican proposals cause controversy in Madison

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)– Democrats are calling last minute legislative proposals by republicans desperate.

On Friday, state GOP leaders announced several proposals making changes to voting and potentially limiting Governor-Elect Tony Evers’ executive power.

Some proposals would make it harder for Evers’ to enact state laws once taking office. Republican leaders are worried that Evers may try to reverse republican reforms.

“I’m concerned. I think Governor-Elect Evers will bring a liberal agenda to Wisconsin,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said.

Governor Scott Walker said these proposals have been on the table for awhile.

“There are debates you could have a year ago, they’re happening today,” the governor said.

But democrats think otherwise.

“Republicans and especially the authors of this legislation are going to say that this is a restoration and balance of good government, is a lie. It’s a power grab, they lost and they’re throwing a fit,” said State Senator (D) Jon Erpenbach.

Republicans are also looking to move the 2020 presidential primary to an earlier date, and limit early voting.

Kevin Hermening, the chair of the Republican Party of Marathon County, said he’s never been a fan of early voting.

“I think it provides a lot of opportunity for corruption and i think this is good legislation that should pass and become law regardless,” said Hermening.

But Governor-Elect Tony Evers thinks early voting is beneficial to many people.

“My view of voting is that it should be as easy as possible, and I applauded the fact that we were able to have such a great early vote this last election,” Evers said.

The proposals also look to limit the power of incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The Assembly and Senate are scheduled to vote on the proposals Tuesday afternoon.

Sarah McGrew

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