GOP relents on disabled lawmaker

Wisconsin Republicans finally gave in and allowed a paralyzed Wisconsin lawmaker to call into committee meetings he can’t attend in person.

According to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, the change of heart is part of rule changes Republicans unveiled Tuesday that are designed to meet demands that State Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, made earlier this year.

Anderson had hired an attorney from Disability Rights Wisconsin to plead his case. Had Republicans not accommodated Anderson, they faced a lawsuit for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Democrats were not pleased by all the rule changes, as the GOP tied the improved public accommodation for Anderson with other rules changes that would strengthen their power in the State Assembly. One of the rules Democrats objected to would allow Republicans to take multiple votes to override vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers. A vote on the rule changes is expected on Oct. 10.