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Gov. Walker signs bills into law

Governor scott walker signs three controversial bills into law that will... in part.... restrict the incoming democratic governor's powers.

Governor- elect tony evers said it was disappointing that walker did not veto some of the bills language.

News 8's mal meyer joins us with what this will mean for the incoming administration.

Governor walker us reiterating that there was "hype and hysteria" surrounding the bills.... and that the incoming governor will continue to have most of the same authority as before.

However governor elect tony evers says it is reversing the will of the voters.

Republican governor scott walker signed the bills into law during a press conference in green bay on friday.

The incumbent governor could have line item veto'ed some of the bill's language, but decided to sign the laws in full.

Walker" "so those are now the law."

Walker argues the legislation improves transparency, increases accountability and provides stability.

Walker: "when you look at the executive authority of the governor of the state of wisconsin, it's one of the most powerful in the nation.

And that will remain no matter what happens with this legislation."

Tony evers says that he understood the need for a strong executive, legislative and judicial branch.

Evers:"but the fact of the matter is none of this would have happened, that this legislation would have happened, if governor walker would have been elected instead of me."

While evers argues this was not what voters wanted... evers: "it was an opprotunity to reverse the election on november 6th."

...walker maintains this is the will of the people.

Walker: "while they elected tony evers to be the 46th governor, they also affirmed the majorities in both the assemblies and added a seat in the state senate.

And so it seems pretty clear to me the will of the voters was- we want you guys to work it out.'" walker says his legacy of a record unemployment rate, changes to taxes and investment in education remain untarnished.

Walker: "these bills don't change that legacy.

And these bills don't fundamentally change the power of not just the next governor, but any governor there after."

But with the administrati ons set to change in 24 days... tony evers says that's not true.

Evers: "people will remember that he took a stand that was not reflective of this last election."

One of the laws will also affect incoming democratic attorney general josh kaul and his powers.

And the third piece of legislation will limit early voting to two weeks.

?has governor-elect tony evers indicated any next steps to reverse these laws once he gets into office?

It was open- ended today.

Evers mentioned during the press conference he will be reviewing his options.

I did speak to one political analyst about what that could look like... and i'll have more on that during the six o'clock




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