Wisconsin Senate Passes Scaled-Back COVID-19 Package

A file photo of the state Capitol Building’s rotunda. Joseph (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Legislation Removes Some Items In GOP Assembly Plan Spurned By Evers

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 2:45pm

The Wisconsin Senate passed a scaled-back COVID-19 relief package Tuesday afternoon, days after the state Assembly passed more wide-ranging legislation in response to the ongoing pandemic. 

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders have been trying to hammer out a compromise package for weeks to no avail. Evers opposes the bill from Assembly Republicans. 

Senate Republicans scaled the measure back. They removed provisions that would prohibit local health officials from ordering businesses closed for more than two weeks at a time and block mandatory vaccinations. 

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Senators approved the pared-back version 29-2 during a floor session Tuesday. The bill would have to go back through the Assembly before it could get to Evers. The governor has not said whether he supports the Senate version.

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.