Republicans also want to enact a protection in state law for people with pre-existing conditions but make it more hard for the attorney general to remove Wisconsin from a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Republican lawmakers will huddle behind closed doors Tuesday as they finalize their plans to clip the powers of Gov. -elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul, limit early voting and give Republicans control of the state's job-creation agency.
Require state health officials to implement a federal waiver allowing Wisconsin to require childless adults to work to receive health insurance through the BadgerCare Plus program for the poor. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is questioning the constitutionality of these proposed changes and says Wisconsin Republicans are risking legal action.
You didn't tell people you would do everything in your power to take away the power of a newly elected governor and attorney general.
But Republicans forged ahead regardless, passing it 17-16 with all Republicans except one in support.
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin voted Wednesday to restrict the authority of incoming Democratic Gov.
Republican lawmakers defended the measures, saying they were meant to codify into law a more active role in the state for the GOP-led legislature.
"It's a power grab", said Democratic state Sen.
The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.
Republican-led legislatures in Wisconsin and also MI are using lame-duck sessions to try and limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors in their states, prompting sore loser allegations from opponents who say lawmakers are undermining voters.
"This legislation is an effort to undermine the results of the elections we just had for governor and for attorney general", Kaul told reporters Tuesday.
The proposal up for a vote would weaken the governor's power to put in place administrative rules enacting state laws. Eliminate the solicitor general's office entirely and make it easier for any lawmaker to hire tax-payer funded private attorneys.
Despite the victories by Evers, Kaul and other Democrats, the party gained no ground in the Legislature and blamed partisan gerrymandering by Republicans for stacking the electoral map against them.
Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly have passed a lame-duck bill enacting a Medicaid work requirement.
About 565,000 people voted early in the November elections.
Tony Evers will take the reins in Wisconsin in a little over a month, but at least Republicans are graciously relieving him of some of Scott Walker's old workload. The bill also would require new legislative oversight of waiver requests related to health care made by the governor.
GOP lawmakers are trying to pass the bills before Walker leaves office in early January. The full Senate and Assembly took up the proposals on Tuesday.
The bill is part of a package of Republican lame-duck legislation created to weaken Evers and incoming Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. "Go home!" He left without taking questions from reporters about the bills being considered in the rare lame-duck legislative session.
Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says there aren't enough votes in the Senate to approve every proposal being offered in the lame-duck legislative session, but he wouldn't say that any of them are dead.
Republicans pushed on Tuesday night into Wednesday through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition. "That's what the people of Wisconsin want, that's what the people of Wisconsin deserve, and that's more than what they got from government here tonight". A similar limit was challenged in 2016 and ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.