Rep. Jimmy Anderson Seeks to Void the Wisconsin Power Grab
"Under Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Laws, no duly elected representative can be excluded from a meeting of the legislature."
Madison – State Representative Jimmy Anderson released the following statement after filing a verified complaint challenging the legality of the Wisconsin Power Grab:
“Last December, Wisconsin Republicans ignored the will of the people and stripped the incoming Governor and Attorney General of certain powers in what was called the Wisconsin Power Grab. Not only were these actions unpopular and undemocratic, I believe they were illegal.
On the day of the vote, I was on the Assembly floor at the time scheduled by Republican leadership, waiting for Senate and Assembly Republicans to end their infighting so that we could debate and vote on the proposed legislation. After waiting over eight hours with no word on when we would begin, I was forced to go home in order to attend to personal needs related to my disability. I awoke the next day to see that the legislature began the special session after a 14 hour delay at the ridiculous hour of 4 AM with almost no warning. Unfortunately, by the time I could get in my wheelchair, the votes were cast, and the special session was over.
Now, I will be the first to tell you that I haven’t always been comfortable discussing my disability. I never wanted to be defined as the wheelchair legislator. I wanted people to see me as a legislator who happens to be in a wheelchair. In fact, it was incredibly difficult for me to bring up these timing issues with my colleagues when a similar incident happened in the past. But now that this is happening again, I realize that if I don’t speak up for the disabled and the issues we face, no one will.
The sad irony of it all is that the legislature voted during the special session to honor the memory of the recently passed George HW Bush, the very person who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. For that reason, I will leave you with these words spoken by President Bush the day the ADA was signed: ‘I now lift my pen to sign this Americans with Disabilities Act and say: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down’.”
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Recent Press Releases by State Rep. Jimmy Anderson
"It is shameful that our state’s Republican lawmakers have once again disregarded our Governor’s attempt to address gun violence in our state."
"We are long overdue for common-sense measures like Extreme Risk Protection Orders."
"This isn’t simply a legal mandate, it is a moral one."