Evers: "Fading hope" that Walker will veto lame-duck bills

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Tuesday evening, Action 2 News learned Gov. Scott Walker has not received any of the bills the Legislature passed in a lame-duck session before Gov.-elect Tony Evers takes office.

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Among other things, the Republican-backed bills would limit some of the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

Governor-elect Evers joined a public forum at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Tuesday afternoon, where he kicked off a statewide listening tour focused on priorities for the next state budget.

But before Evers even takes office, he's been the focus of this lame-duck legislation which he's urged Gov. Walker to veto.

The measures would limit early voting to just two weeks and shift more power to the Legislature over decisions that are made right now solely by the governor or attorney general. These decisions include picking the head of the state's job-creation agency which oversees the Foxconn incentives package.

"I'm still hopeful," Evers told reporters in Green Bay. "It's fading hope, to be honest, that the will of the people will have been met."

Evers called it "something that is really unprecedented in the state."

Gov. Walker released a statement Tuesday indicating his support for some of the legislation, writing, "It makes sense that lawmakers should have some say in how the state might spend a multi-million legal settlement" (read the complete statement in the sidebar).

He also indicated to reporters he may use his line-item veto.

"Early on, I raised some concerns when they first talked about it, about for example, an item that would have affected the veto authority. I would not have signed that. They did not include that in. They included language drafted without us directly involved in that, so we are trying to sort through the details of that and make a determination," Walker said.

The deadline for Gov. Walker to sign or use his veto power on those measures is December 27.

Democrats have suggested these bills could lead to court challenges.

Officially, Walker has until December 20 to call for the bills. If he doesn't, they are automatically sent to his office. Once that happens, he has six days to act on them, excluding Sunday.

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