The panel rejected a proposal to move the 2020 presidential primary date from April to March amid almost unanimous opposition from the state's local election clerks.
It's literally the opposite of the democratic process.
Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton, took the unusual step after warning the crowd twice that Senate rules prohibited them from reacting to debate.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos countered the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch.
During the campaign, both Evers and Kaul took their Republican opponents to task over healthcare issues, in particular the state's participation in the legal challenge which would end coverage protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
In both states, the lame-duck sessions will give Republican governors one final chance to implement their priorities before leaving office in January. After some muted laughter, the entire gallery was kicked out - resulting in more protests.
Walker pressed on, speaking over the boos and sitting through the entire ceremony. A high school choir singing Christmas carols was largely drowned out by protesters outside the Senate chamber singing their own anti-Walker tunes.
Walker left without taking questions.
In North Carolina, Republicans attempted to pass legislation to limit the authority of the Democratic governor-elect but ultimately lost the legal battle.
The debate in the Assembly and Senate followed a contentious public hearing Monday evening that stretched into the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
"The Republican strategy has been secrecy and speed", said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org, at the Monday night rally.
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Republicans were poised Tuesday to complete their work much more quickly.
The states were among four, including Kansas and New Hampshire, where voters broke Republican "trifectas", in which one party holds the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.
The votes on the bills to reign in Evers and Kaul's powers were scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but the GOP worked well into Wednesday morning, mostly in closed door caucus sessions, to work out differences among themselves-the only ones, in their view, whose opinion mattered. He says the measures codify current practices of working together.
A court later blocked the move as unconstitutional. "You did not run on this. You rig the system when you win, and you rig the system when you lose".
Never in Wisconsin history "has an extraordinary session been used to deny the will of the people and take away powers from the newly elected governor and newly elected attorney general", Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor said. Roughly 565,000 people voted during the midterms, and Brown said Republican leadership should stop and listen.
Protesters descended on the Capitol on Monday trying to block a committee vote on the legislation, shouting "Shame!" and "Respect our votes!"
The time between the election and the end of a lawmaker's term is often referred to as the "lame duck" period. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was in 2010 when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to enact labor agreements. The goal: keep the Court's 5-4 Republican majority by saving the seat of hard-right Supreme Court Justice David Kelly. But election clerks objected, citing the $7 million cost and logistical challenge of holding a third election within a two-month period. It went on for ten hours before the bills were rubber-stamped by the committee on a party-line vote. (In fact, according to staff on the Joint Finance Committee, of the 1,426 constituents who registered to testify, six spoke for informational purposes only, 1,420 spoke against - and zero spoke in favor.) Then, amidst thunderous protests from constituents and from Democratic colleagues, Republicans amended and passed their bills through committee late at night, once television newscasts were over.
The legislation prevents Evers from putting in place any rules that enact laws and prohibits him from controlling the state jobs agency until September.
While the new bill would reduce early voting from six weeks to two weeks, previous efforts in 2014 by Wisconsin Republicans to cut early voting was ruled two years later by a federal judge to be discriminatory toward minorities and an outright effort to "suppress the reliably Democratic vote".
The Wisconsin Legislature is preparing to vote on limiting the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.