Wisconsin's newly signed lame-duck legislation: What to know

Gov. Scott Walker signed lame-duck legislation that limits the powers of his successor, although he argued otherwise during the signing. (USA Today Network-Wisconsin)
Gov. Scott Walker signed lame-duck legislation that limits the powers of his successor, although he argued otherwise during the signing. (USA Today Network-Wisconsin)

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, during his final weeks in office, signed on Dec. 14, 2018 GOP-approved lame-duck session legislation that has drawn national controversy and threats of lawsuits.

Among other things, the legislation strips powers from the Gov.-elect Tony Evers, a Democrat who defeated Walker in the November 2018 election and will succeed him in January 2019.

Here's what we know about the measures from the Truth-O-Meter and the Flip-O-Meter.

On taking major actions in a lame-duck session, Walker earned a Full Flop. As he prepared to take office in 2010, Walker asked the lame-duck administration to hold off on a series of major actions. But as he prepares to leave office, Walker has made numerous appointments and signed the lame-duck legislation.

On limiting late night legislative debates, Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos earned a Full Flop. The final wording of the lame-duck bills that passed was unveiled around 4 a.m. Less than five hours later, it was all headed to Walker’s desk. 

On how much power the Wisconsin governor should have, Republican legislative leaders did a Full Flop. In 2011, after Walker won his first term and Republicans took control of the Legislature, the Legislature moved to give the governor more authority. In 2018, they did the reverse.

"At least three or four of the pieces that are in" in the Republican lame-duck legislation, Scott Walker "has vetoed previously." That Evers statement rated Mostly True, though the previously vetoed items contained in the new legislation are relatively minor.