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More on COVID Relief Bill, Governor’s Public Health Emergency Order

By John Forester | February 5, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …

GOP Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says only a court “can stop a governor bent on ignoring the law” after Evers issued a new public health declaration and mask mandate shortly after the Assembly voted to overturn the previous one.

LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, were scheduled today to sign the joint resolution overturning the previous order, the last step before that action takes effect.

The Senate will also be on the floor late this morning to take up yet another revised version of the COVID-19 bill. The Assembly, which first passed the bill Jan. 7 and then amended it Jan. 26 after the Senate made changes, yesterday tweaked an amendment the Senate added Jan. 28.

The Senate amendment approved last week would only allow Evers to declare a public health emergency to receive federal funds under five laws approved to deal with COVID-19. It was added after Republicans realized overturning the guv’s public health declaration would disqualify Wisconsin families from receiving enhanced food stamp benefits. Last month, more than 200,000 households collected about $49 million.

The latest Assembly amendment also was written to make sure the state would qualify for funds from future federal action and to cut off the option of using powers in another section of state law to issue emergency orders. Neither provision was in the Senate version of the amendment.

“The People of Wisconsin can no longer be subjected to confusing, unilateral decrees without basis in statute,” LeMahieu said. “We must reinstate the rule of law, uphold separation of powers, and restore confidence in our system of government.”

Evers said in a video message yesterday he was putting the public’s health before politics and the “fight against this virus isn’t over.” He added he earlier promised to never play politics with Wisconsinites’ health, would trust science and would never stop doing “everything in my power to keep Wisconsinites healthy and safe.”

“We’re going to keep putting people first, we’re going to keep listening to the science, and we’re going to keep working to save lives so we can get through this pandemic together,” Evers said in the message.

Senate Republicans today are expected to sign off on the changes the Assembly made yesterday to the COVID bill. It would then head to the guv’s desk.

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