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Gov. Evers: “It’s “dangerous” for Republicans to refuse votes on gun proposals

MADISON (WKOW) — Governor Tony Evers says it’s a risk for Republicans to refuse to hold votes on a pair of gun bills during next month’s special session of the legislature.

“I think it’s dangerous from a political point of view to not even be voting on it,” Evers told 27 News.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said this week lawmakers won’t debate or vote on bills to enact universal background checks for gun purchases or a “red flag” proposal, which allows a judge to take a gun from someone determined to be a threat.

“The supports not there to tackle these two issues,” said Fitzgerald earlier this week.

Evers tells 27 News he hopes Republicans will reconsider, but calling lawmakers into session without any work to do comes at a cost to taxpayers. Taxpayers pay for lawmaker’s travel expenses, a per diem of less than $120 per day. 

However, the Assembly is scheduled to be in session on Nov. 7th. The same day Evers called for a special session.

Evers said he won’t cancel the session and instead said the tab is on GOP leaders if they don’t act.

“They’re afraid to do it because they know (those bills) would likely pass, I have no qualms about the cost involved, they’re the ones putting taxpayers in a pickle here,” said Evers.

Fitzgerald said the governor is “playing politics” by calling the session.

“If they’re so confident it’s the wrong legislation, bring it to the floor,” said Evers.

You can catch an extended interview with Governor Evers on ‘Capital City Sunday’ at 9:00 a.m.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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