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Public ordered removed from Wisconsin Senate

Posted: 2:57 PM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-04 22:14:49Z
Public ordered removed from Wisconsin Senate

The Latest on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Republican Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth ordered the public to be removed from Senate galleries, minutes after the start of a lame-duck session to weaken incoming Democratic office holders.

The public erupted into shouts of “Shame!” and “Whose house? Our house!” after the order for police to clear the galleries. Roth says he was ordering the public removed for not heeding repeated warnings to remain quiet during debate.

The state Senate is meeting Tuesday in an unusual lame-duck session to consider sweeping proposals that would weaken incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The disruption brought Senate debate to a halt as people slowly left and shouted down at the senators.