Michigan GOP Commences Restricting Power Of Approaching Democratic Leaders
Dec 07 2018
Meanwhile, North Carolina's Republican-led state Senate approved a new strict voter identification law on Thursday, after the state Assembly did the same on Wednesday. A bill that won Senate approval on a 25-12 vote over Democrats' objections would influence how Benson implements a new voter-approved constitutional amendment that establishes an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative maps instead of the partisan Legislature.
Democrats countered that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach. In Wisconsin, 47.2% of voters chose Trump to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's 46.5%.
After working into the early morning hours to ensure that the bills considered in the extraordinary session struck proper balance between the incoming Governor and the Legislative branch, I was unable to support a third proposal, SB 884.
The GOP lame duck power grab continued Thursday evening as Republicans in the state House passed legislation created to strip power from incoming Democrats on the Michigan State Board of Education.
The bill now heads to the desk of outgoing Republican Governor Scott Walker, who has signaled support for the bill.
"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 pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.
The new legislation would allow districts to apply to become "innovative districts" that are exempt from most state education rules and would answer to the new commission. That would stop Evers and Kaul from fulfilling their campaign promises to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it.
"You're here because you don't want to give up power", Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said as debate concluded in that chamber.
The bills give the Republican legislature control of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board, which for eight years has been the duty of Walker.
The move comes almost a month after Gov. -elect Tony Evers, a Democrat, narrowly beat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
The changes would also weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws.
Wisconsin Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to pass the bills after an all-night session.
Democrats also criticized the bill that would prescribe how Benson randomly selects the four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to sit on the redistricting panel.
"She's perfectly capable of figuring out who is a Democrat and who is a Republican without the help of this lame-duck Legislature".
The measures would also limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election, a move Democrats say is illegal.