Republicans transfer power to Democrats in Senate

Published On: Jul 17 2012 08:14:07 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2012 12:27:22 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats say they want to bring the Legislature back in a special session to take up four issues related to job creation, but the Republican head of the Assembly is dismissing the request as political theater.

Republicans transferred power in the state Senate on Tuesday in a brief meeting that was largely ceremonial. Democrats took control after John Lehman won a recall election over Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard.

Democratic Majority Leader Mark Miller says the people want immediate action and don't want to wait until next year.

But Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald calls Miller's request political theater and says it amazes him Democrats want to talk about job creation after they rejected a bill passed by the Assembly designed to help a new iron mine open in northern Wisconsin.