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Evers Releases Proposed COVID-19 Legislation

By John Forester | November 17, 2020

From WisPolitics.com …

Gov. Tony Evers is proposing legislation that would allow the Department of Health Services to prohibit evictions and foreclosures through 2021 and continue the suspension of a one-week waiting period before those out of work can begin collecting unemployment.

The proposals are among 19 provisions that Evers’ administration included in a bill draft shared with GOP legislative leaders last night.

Others include allowing workers, including those in the healthcare industry, to claim worker’s compensation benefits if they contracted the illness from their occupation.

The guv’s office also prepared an overview of $466 million in spending the administration says would be needed to continue current pandemic response efforts in Wisconsin through April 1 without additional action from the federal government.

The guv’s office released a copy of the bill, a summary and an overview of the spending after Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, announced Assembly Republicans will have an afternoon news conference to announce new COVID-19 initiatives.

The guv’s office also released a copy of an email from Legislative Affairs Director Zach Madden late yesterday to Vos and incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahiue and their top aides providing copies of all three documents.

In the email, Madden offered to have the guv’s staff walk through the bills and answer questions tomorrow. He also asked the leaders and their aides to meet with their caucuses and finalize the bill with the guv on Friday.

See the bill here.

See the summary here.

See an overview of the spending here.

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