Gov. Scott Walker met with Assembly Democrats on Wednesday evening as they prepared to head into what is expected to be heated debate over Republican leaders' attempts to limit late night debates.
The issue didn't come up during Walker's 15-minute discussion at the Democratic Assembly caucus at the state Capitol, where he gave a short speech welcoming the 14 newly elected Democratic freshmen and encouraged Democrats to meet with him throughout the new legislative session. He also took a few questions.
But Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said Wednesday, "As a former legislator, Governor Walker understands the importance of allowing each house of the Legislature to create and maintain their rules. With that said he appreciates the fact that legislators are working together to find a solution."
But a solution on Assembly rules may be hard to come by.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers still were trying to work out a deal Wednesday before Thursday's floor debate. Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and other Republican leaders spent hours in meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday with Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, and other Democratic leaders trying to negotiate how to avoid late-night or all-night sessions, which have become common in the 99-member body. They did not release details of those negotiations.
Kit Beyer, a spokeswoman for Vos, said they were not planning to release the drafted resolution about Assembly rules until Thursday morning.
Assembly members are expected to begin their floor session at 10 a.m. Thursday.
During Walker's caucus visit, Democratic lawmakers didn't bring up the issue and instead asked questions about everything from making state buildings more energy efficient with LED lighting to education funding and gun violence.