It could be weeks before Gov. Walker decides on lame-duck bills
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) - The protests and noise of the recent lame-duck session, have turned into a waiting game.
It could be weeks before we find out if the bills that strip Governor-elect Tony Evers of some of this power, actually become law.
The bills still haven’t hit the Governor’s desk, so the clock on his decision hasn’t started ticking yet.
Governor Walker has 6 days to decide whether to sign or veto the bills after he receives them.
The Governor’s office tells CBS 58 that they have not received them as of Monday.
They say the bills will be automatically delivered on December 20th, if the Governor doesn’t request them earlier.
If they are delivered on the 20th, the Governor will have until December 27th to decide what to do.
“I don’t think this is a big decision,” said UWM Political Professor Mordecai Lee.
Lee believes the wait won’t change anything.
“If we look at his past record as a loyal, conservative republican, there’s just no doubt he’s going to sign it,” said Lee.
Opponents of the bills are urging Governor Walker to think of his legacy before making a decision.
The governor did just that recently, posting a series of tweets outlining his accomplishments.
“He wanted to put his best foot forward before the news got dominated by what he did about these bills,” said Lee.
Lee thinks it’s that list that will eventually matter most, not what happens in the next couple of weeks.
“Scott Walker’s legacy is already set, whatever he does about the lame-duck bills it’s set that he’s a right of center conservative republican.
Governor Walker doesn’t have to act on the bills at all, if he misses the six-day deadline to sign them, they automatically become law.