MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - If Republican Scott Walker had his way, Wisconsin legislators would no longer meet in the dead of night. Walker said Thursday that if you elect him governor, he’ll push for a law that bans any votes in the Legislature between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
Walker’s proposal comes on the final day of this year’s session – as lawmakers scramble to get dozens of bills passed. On Tuesday, the Assembly’s two parties held secret strategy sessions from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. – and they then passed a flurry of bills all night until 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The same thing could happen Thursday in the Assembly – which was still in party caucuses at 1 p.m., while senators had acted on an about a dozen items of a much smaller agenda. Walker’s been there. He served in the Assembly before being elected Milwaukee County’s executive. Walker says nothing good happens after midnight, and the public deserves a chance to call their elected lawmakers about their votes on pending legislation during daytime hours.