Spreitzer, Ringhand propose limiting lame duck sessions

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MADISON - State Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D - Beloit, and State Sen. Janis Ringhand, D - Evansville, have introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the scope of future lame duck sessions in the state legislature.

"Less than one month after the 2018 November elections, a lame duck session fundamentally changed the balance of power in Wisconsin state government. Online, in person, and via official correspondence, legislators heard the citizens of our state reject this partisan maneuver, and the outgoing legislature set a poor example for the years to come," Spreitzer said in a news release. "The lame duck session is so broadly disliked that even now - two months later - the most recent Marquette Law School Poll shows that our citizens disapprove of those actions by an almost two to one margin."

The proposed constitutional amendment would set limits regarding the types of bills that may be passed between a November general election and the following year.

It also would prohibit changes to the powers and duties of statewide constitutional officers, judicial branch judges and justices, the legislature, any state agency, or any other public entity created by law.

It also prohibits changes to the date of judicial branch elections, changes to the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court or any appeals or circuit court, or changes to the composition of any state agency or other public entity created by law.

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