WI Republicans May Bring Voter ID Bill to Vote While Dems Are AWOL
The Wisconsin Republicans may bring a voter ID bill to a vote in a move meant to lure AWOL democrats back to Wisconsin.
JS Online reported:
In a move meant to lure boycotting opposition senators back to Wisconsin, the Republican leader of the state Senate threatened Monday to force a vote soon on a bill that is abhorred by Democrats: requiring people to show an ID at the polls.
Meanwhile, the National Guard has toured at least one state prison – presumably in preparation for taking over if needed – as thousands of correctional officers, teachers and other public workers continued Monday to protest at the Capitol to stop a budget-repair bill that would take away most of their union rights. Correctional officers insisted they have no plans to strike and called the Guard visit unwarranted.
Monday’s events presaged a hectic week, with the Assembly set to vote Tuesday on the budget-repair bill and the Senate planning at the same time to take up other bills to try to force Democrats in that house to return to the state. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Walker – who has shown no sign of relenting – will address voters directly in a “fireside chat.”
The push on the photo ID bill by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is the latest example of Republicans pressuring Democrats in hopes of ending the standoff over the bill on union rights. Senate Democrats disappeared to Illinois on Thursday to prevent a vote on that bill, and they’ve been there ever since.