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Maybe people, not politicians, should decide the rules

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Maybe it time to give average citizens the right to determine under what laws they should live. That is the proposal of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers who is calling for a change in the state Constitution which would give the people of the state the right to force a referendum on proposed state laws. It is the issue of abortion that is driving the idea. The Republican-controlled Legislature refuses to update the state’s arcane 173-year-old law outlawing almost all abortions in the state, despite strong support among residents for legalizing abortion. Currently, Wisconsin residents do not have the power to propose their own laws, but Evers hopes to change that. It is not a radical idea. 26 states allow referendum questions to be driven by the public. Even U.S. Senator Ron Johnson proposed a referendum to update the state’s abortion laws, which is what Evers is proposing. So Evers has called lawmakers to a special session to discuss the idea of a constitutional amendment to allow you and I to push for new rules. We know how lawmakers have behaved in these special sessions before. Badly. They refuse to even discuss the issue they were called to Madison to discuss before quickly adjourning. Maybe that is why this idea, to allow us to determine law in the state, is needed. Our lawmakers won’t do their jobs. They hold sham meetings on important issues, then take the next ten months off. Maybe it is time to put the power back in our hands.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Chip DeNure

    September 22, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Couldn’t agree more. Then we can get marijuana legalized. Power to the People.

  2. S. Stoffel

    September 26, 2022 at 5:20 am

    The recent Republicans’ habit of gaveling and immediately gaveling out without conducting any business is ridiculous and should not be tolerated. We are paying them to do their jobs. Instead they spend a day in Madison and take the next 10 months off.

  3. Ty Mykal

    September 26, 2022 at 8:56 am

    This will NEVER change. Republicans DO NOT want citizens to have any power or say on anything. This state is hopelessly corrupt which is entirely republicans fault. They are such BIG babies they stripped EVERS of his governor powers because they are sore losers. They CHEAT all citizens who elected EVERS. They won’t even approve people he selects for his cabinet. So who loses? Use citizens! So we still have republicans in offices they don’t deserve— like the DNR! Republicans are a total embarrassment. Absolutely ZERO morals, ZERO ethics. No respect at all for people. They have no problem holding citizens hostage. They obviously DO NOT represent the majority of the state and they know this. That’s why they continue to be dishonest & gerrymander the state. They cannot win their districts honestly so they cheat. Great going republicans. Disgusting POS!

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