Special Session to Restrict Civil Rights Ends with No Action Taken

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The Senate special session on gun control legislation called for by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers lasted less than a minute.

Evers called on lawmakers to convene Thursday at 2 p.m. to take up the matter. At 8 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, called the session to order with one smack from his gavel and no other lawmakers in the room. He adjourned the session a few seconds later, avoiding debate or a vote on the gun control measures Democratic lawmakers had been advocating for throughout the day.

“I think if there are bills that would make sense to Republican legislators, that we would call ourselves into regular session or extraordinary session to take those up,” Fitzgerald said. “I think the governor know the bills that he’s offered are not going to pass the Legislature … As they’ve been presented by the governor, there’s no momentum for them.”