Evers calls lame-duck session an 'embarrassment'

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers says a Republican lame-duck legislative session is an "embarrassment" and he is looking at ways to stop the bills being considered from becoming law, including legal action.

Evers spoke to reporters Sunday at a Milwaukee law firm. On Monday, the Republican-controlled Legislature was holding a public hearing on a sweeping package of proposals, setting up votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday.

The measures would move the 2020 presidential primary, restrict early voting and weaken the powers of both Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

Evers says the proposals go "to the heart of what democracy is all about." He says Republicans are trying to undo results of the Nov. 6 election but he thinks voters can stop it by lobbying their representatives.

Evers also says he's exploring other options, including lawsuits.

Legal challenges are likely to some of the changes being sought, including limiting early voting to no more than two weeks before an election and giving the Legislature the power to intervene in legal cases.

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