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Walker signs lame duck bills weakening successor

Posted: 12:35 PM, Dec 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-14 23:29:11Z
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on lame duck legislation signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-authored lame-duck legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

The measures restrict early in-person voting to two weeks before an election. The legislation gives Republicans control of the state jobs creation agency, blocks Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

The bills also eliminate the state Justice Department's solicitor general's office and allow legislators to intervene in state lawsuits, ensuring they can defend Republican policies if Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul won't.

Walker ignored pleas from Democrats and some Republicans to veto the measures, saying enacting them tarnishes his legacy.

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9:05 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to take action on a sweeping package of Republican-authored lame-duck legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

Walker's office announced the event at noon Friday at a Green Bay state office building. Walker has repeatedly signaled support for the bills and downplayed bipartisan concerns that they're a power grab.

Walker has also said he intends to make some partial vetoes, without giving specifics.

The measures give Republicans control of the state jobs creation agency and block Gov.-elect Tony Evers (EE'-vers) from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

They also prevent Evers from seeking to withdraw a federal waiver allowing the state to force Medicaid recipients to work to receive benefits.

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