Governor Walker is giving up his court fight over special elections, and instead focusing on a proposal to change the laws on them.
A state appeals court ruled against the governor today, and he has until noon tomorrow to order the elections for two legislative seats.
Republican leaders in the Legislature are fast-tracking a bill that would make the special elections unnecessary. That move could be followed by another court fight.
A Senate committee held a hearing on the proposal today, and the Senate could vote soon.
One of the open seats is in the 1st Senate District in northeast Wisconsin. Republican Sen. Frank Lasee of De Pere resigned last December to take a job with the Walker administration.