MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said early Friday afternoon that he privately signed just over four dozen bills into law Thursday – including some controversial bills that Democrats called a “war on women.”
They include the requirement that school sex education classes go back to teaching abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Republican Walker also signed bills that no longer let employment discrimination victims sue for punitive damages in state courts – prohibit insurance plans from covering some abortions under the federal health reform law – and require doctors to prescribe abortion-inducing medicines face to face, and not on a Web camera.
Democrats said all those measures would hurt women and their health.
Madison Assembly Democrats Kelda Helen Roys and Mark Pocan – who are both running for Congress this fall – slammed Walker for not holding a public ceremony to sign the bills. Roys accused Walker of trying to hide his actions by signing the bills in secret just before a holiday weekend when he thought nobody would notice.
Among the other bills Walker signed will prevent the private voucher program from starting in other parts of the state beside Milwaukee County and Racine. And Walker agreed to force lawmakers to disclose who sponsors pet projects that are introduced in last-minute state budget amendments.