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Analysis: How GOP Bills Would Limit Gov.-Elect Tony Evers' Power

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GOP state lawmakers approved a slate of bills early Wednesday. Democratic critics say the legislation is a "power grab."

Republicans in Madison were successful early Wednesday approving bills to limit the powers of the next governor, Democrat Tony Evers, and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

During a heated debate about the sweeping plan, Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz told GOP lawmakers that history would not be kind to them if they approved the bills.

“Do not pretend that anything we have done in this body today is remotely normal or remotely OK. If you vote for this, shame on you, you will go down in history as a disgrace," Hintz said.

Meanwhile, Republican Assembly speaker Robin Vos insisted the moves satisfy the will of the voters.

“Our job, fighting for what we believe for our constituents, who all voted for us, want us to have the ability to win a hand on occasion," Vos said.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he'll sign the bills.

WUWM talked to Jeff Mayers of Wispolitics.com about just how the measures would restrict what Tony Evers can do in office:

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