Thursday, November 14th


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, left, Gov. Tony Evers, center, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, right(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON - Republican lawmakers ended Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' special session on gun violence Thursday without any debate or action just moments after they started it. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau dispensed with the special session in about 30 seconds Thursday night. He was the only senator in the chamber, but said all 19 Senate Republicans were united in their opposition to Evers' bills for universal background checks and a red-flag law. 

"There's just not any momentum in the caucus to take up either one of the bills that the governor has offered," Fitzgerald told reporters after standing on the Senate dais, declaring the special session over and banging his gavel.

Republicans who control the Assembly were poised to take the same step later Thursday.

Evers' call for a special session on gun legislation required lawmakers to convene, but they didn't have to do anything else — and they didn't.