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Democratic state senator frustrated with potential changes to governor's authority

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By Tim Kowols

 

His time in the chambers will be brief after losing his re-election campaign earlier this month, but District 1 State Senator Caleb Frostman does not plan to go away quietly. Senator Frostman will have his first opportunities to cast votes as a member of the Legislature when it convenes as soon as next week. According to the Associated Press, limiting some of Governor-elect Tony Evers’ authority on some issues such as potential changes to the voter identification law and the 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court election could be up for debate. Although he has not seen specific legislation yet, Senator Frostman plans to be vocal in his opposition to such proposals.

 

 

Senator Frostman will serve out his term before current state Rep. Andre Jacque is sworn into the seat in January. You can read comments from the Republican point of view online with this story.

 

Sturgeon Bay Republican Rep. Joel Kitchens says the Wisconsin Legislature is concerned more with protecting some of Governor Scott Walker’s reforms than taking power away from his replacement.  According to the Associated Press, Republican lawmakers discussed last week ways to limit Governor-elect Tony Evers’ authority to carry out passed bills and make changes to the state’s Foxconn deal and voter identification law. Rep. Kitchens says the governor’s powers are laid out in the state’s constitution and believes the topic has been overblown.

 

 

Newly elected state senator for District 1 and current Representative Andre Jacque declined to comment until he has more information.

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