A Citizens’ Veto Could Prevent Or Address ‘Lame-Duck’ Power Grabs In The Future [Opinion]

Chris Walker

Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly Robin Vos talks on the floor of that legislative body.

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are attempting to usurp the will of voters, who sent Democratic candidates to their respective state gubernatorial offices last November, by removing powers they were totally comfortable seeing previous Republican governors wield.

In my home state of Wisconsin, hundreds of citizens spent hours decrying the issue during a legislative listening session, according to reporting from the Progressive. Thousands more protested the bills that aimed to remove the abilities of executive branch elected officials, including Gov.-elect Tony Evers, to govern.

Many have lambasted the actions of the “lame-duck” legislature. I’ve even read some suggestions on social media that new laws should not come about during such sessions, as they ignore the incoming government and the desires of the people to see that government address such concerns.

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