Wis. Senate to discuss transfer of power

Democrats will hold majority
Wis. Senate to discuss transfer of power

Republican state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald said he wants the Senate to meet next week to transfer power from Republicans to Democrats.

The Democrats have a 17-16 majority following the victory of John Lehman in a recall election over Sen. Van Wanggaard. The contest was certified Wednesday morning by state elections officials.

Fitzgerald, who had been the Republican majority leader, said in a statement Wednesday that he is asking senators to meet next week so a new Senate president and president pro tempore can be elected.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Miller, who is the Democratic leader, did not immediately return a message to see if Democrats agreed with Fitzgerald’s plan.

The Legislature is not scheduled to be in regular session again until January.