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Fitzgerald Gauging Support Among Senate Republicans to Overturn Evers’ Mask Mandate

By John Forester | July 31, 2020

From WisPolitics.com …

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he wants the Legislature to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate and is gauging support in the Senate GOP to reconvene for a vote.

Fitzgerald’s statement came after several Senate Republicans urged the Legislature — which has been on the floor once since the pandemic began — to approve a joint resolution rejecting the order Evers issued yesterday.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said municipalities have been making their own decisions and he doesn’t support a statewide mandate. He also believes the way the guv wrote the order opens him up to legal challenges.

“Good luck enforcing this without local support,” Fitzgerald said. “Municipalities and counties are going to be tasked with deciding how to best handle this issue. Certainly, the last thing our police need to be doing right now is serving as part of the mask patrol.”

Evers said yesterday early calls for the Legislature to convene and overturn the mandate suggested that Republicans didn’t believe that masks matter in fighting COVID-19.

“But to come in and have the Republicans essentially say we don’t believe in science, pretty risky business. Pretty risky political business and real risky health business,” Evers said.

See the Fitzgerald release here.

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