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Gov.-elect Tony Evers talks with Boys & Girls Club assistant teacher Lisa Simmons as he visits the Boys & Girls Club.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - The GOP plan to take power away from the incoming Democratic governor could include removing authority that Republican lawmakers handed to Gov. Scott Walker when he first took office in 2011. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) on Wednesday told conservative radio host Mark Belling on WISN-AM (1130) that Republicans were looking at giving incoming Gov. Tony Evers less say in state rules that implement state laws. Eight years ago, Republicans handed Walker more power over those rules when he was first sworn in. 

Fitzgerald didn't say whether he was considering further restricting powers for Evers, who will take office on Jan. 7. 

Let me be clear: the Republicans and Speaker Vos should stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor’s office in Wisconsin before I take the oath.