State Democrats call on Republicans to approve a constitutional amendment making it easier for voters to introduce referendums

Democrats hope the move will put the repeal of the state abortion ban directly in front of voters

MADISON, Wis. – Democratic lawmakers have called on fellow Republicans to support amending Wisconsin’s constitution to allow the public to vote on repealing the state’s abortion ban days before a special session is due scheduled for the Legislative Assembly to debate the change.

In a virtual press conference on Thursday afternoon, Lt. Governor candidate and current State Representative Sara Rodriguez, State Senator Kelda Roys and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski called out Republicans to vote in favor of the proposal put forward by Democratic Governor Tony Evers that would change the Constitution to allow state residents to introduce referendums.

“Wisconsin currently has no mechanism for voters to initiate legislative changes on their own,” Roys, D-Madison, said. “They can’t have a citizen veto over laws passed that they don’t agree with, they can’t repeal laws that are out of step that the legislature refuses to act on, and they can’t propose new ideas.

“We want to update the Constitution and let more people have a say in what happens in Wisconsin,” said Rodriguez, D-Brookfield.

Evers last week convened a special session on Oct. 4 that would begin the process of making it easier for the public to propose changes to the law, a move that could mean voters themselves could decide whether or not to repeal the law. 1849 Abortion of the State. to forbid. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, called it a “desperate political stunt.”

Amending the Constitution would involve a number of steps. Lawmakers would have to approve the change in two separate two-year cycles, after which it would go to voters for their approval.

Democrats hope the change will allow voters to overturn the abortion ban that came back into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the monument Roe vs. Wade abortion cases in June.

WATCH: Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin rushed into special session on abortion

Prior to the high court’s ruling, Evers called a special session to directly repeal the ban. Republican lawmakers quickly entered and exited the session without debate.

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