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Wisconsin Republicans approve bill to weaken Democrats' power

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The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature passed a sweeping measure early on Wednesday that takes power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and reduces how long early voting can take place.

Both the state Senate and Assembly passed the bill and current Republican Governor Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it. His successor, Democrat Tony Evers, has said he may mount a legal challenge.

The legislation limits the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and gives the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until September 1.

The bill would also require legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits, taking that away from the attorney general.


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