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Senate Republicans “stand ready to convene” to override Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in a statement Friday.
The statement did not specify when the chamber might meet, and a reversal of the mask mandate would require a vote from the House as well. The Legislature has not met since April, shrugging off calls by Democrats to take up legislation related to COVID-19 and the state’s unemployment benefits backlog.
Evers issued the mandate for most buildings Thursday, aiming to prevent the spread of a coronavirus that has infected more than 52,000 people in Wisconsin, killing more than 900. It is set to take effect Saturday. At least 32 other states and the District of Columbia require the use of facemasks in some way, according to tracking by AARP.
Wisconsin had the second-fewest COVID-19 restrictions in the country, behind only South Dakota, according to a study WalletHub released about a week before Evers issued his mandate.
Mitchell Schmidt of the Wisconsin State Journal has the full story on the political maneuvering on masks. Meanwhile, James Kust of WTMJ-TV offers a roundup of sheriffs who say they will not enforce the mask mandate.
Senate Republicans could try to strike down Gov. Tony Evers’ state mask order — Wisconsin State Journal
Brewers’ opener postponed because of Cardinals’ positive tests, rescheduled as Sunday twin bill — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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