A Senate committee planned to hold a public hearing Wednesday on the bill and vote on it in an extraordinary session April 4, the day after the spring election.
He had resisted ordering those elections, saying they're a waste of money since the seats are up again in this fall's regular elections.
The bill Walker and Republicans are rushing through the Legislature would remove the requirement in current law that the governor promptly call special elections when vacancies occur in the Legislature.
Walker has refused to order special elections to fill Rep. Keith Ripp and Sen.
Both Legislators retired in December of last year, almost a year before the next election. The appellate court refused to delay the order.
The legislature's GOP leadership did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment on that what prompted that decision.
Last week Dane County judge Josann Reynolds ruled that state law compelled Walker to call the elections and set the deadline for today.
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said Thursday Walker was "boxed in" and risked being held in contempt of court if he didn't call for the special elections, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to Shilling, the motivation for Walker and the Republicans to delay the elections is political.
"Keeping this seat empty is the status quo desired from a select few in positions of power who fear what the outcome of a special election would bring", Zimdars said.
The judge criticized Governor Walker.
"I can not bring it to the floor at this point", Fitzgerald said. "I am enforcing the law as it is now".
But Walker has been reluctant to call the special elections after Democrats won another vacant seat in a heavily Republican district earlier this year. The Senate seat covers the Door County peninsula northeast of Green Bay and the Assembly seat is in a mostly rural area north of Madison.
The move has drawn criticism with some Democrats calling it "legislative gymnastics" as well as 'crooked as a bag of snakes'.
The state Justice Department is asking the judge to extend the time for Walker to call the special elections from Thursday to April 6, giving the Legislature time to act to make the lawsuit moot.
A Dane County circuit judge appointed by Walker rejected the latter argument.
Reynolds was a Walker appointee and was the first judge to reject the Governor's plan. Reilly wrote "Representative government and the election of our representatives are never "unnecessary, ' never a 'waste of taxpayer resources, ' and the calling of the special elections are as the Governor acknowledges his 'obligation" to follow".
The Walker Administration warned the Wisconsin Supreme Court that they would likely file an appeal.
Republican lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit special elections after the spring elections in a year with regular fall elections.
Kitchens, a Republican, says he's not comfortable changing the law in the middle of the court case and likely won't vote for the bill if it comes to the assembly.
Walker might have conceded defeat and scheduled the elections, but he's not done complaining.