On Tuesday the state Senate voted 18-13 to eliminate Tony Evers’ mandates regarding emergency health and masks. The joint resolution approved was co-authored by my state Senator, Julian Bradley (R-Franklin). The measure is certain to pass in the state Assembly on Thursday.
“It is not OK or normal or inevitable or necessary to indefinitely suspend the lawmaking process,” Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, said Tuesday. “There is no such thing as a perpetual emergency.”
Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said “I don’t think the Constitution envisioned a single person being able to make rules forever by himself. I don’t think it’s the job for the governor, or the government in general, to mandate this forever.”
Resolution author Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said Evers “has repeatedly abused the powers granted to him.”
State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) said “From the start, Governor Evers has used his declarations of ’emergency’ to act unilaterally, rather than attempt a bipartisan solution to help Wisconsinites through the pandemic. And we’ve seen the result of this unilateral approach. From the unemployment fiasco, to being last in the Midwest in vaccine distribution, allowing Evers to act unilaterally has been a disaster. I hope that the repeal of the State of Emergency will force Evers to work with the Legislature to finally help Wisconsin families.”
Some conservatives are scoffing at this effort by the Legislature to finally take action to rein in our out of control governor, action demanded by Wisconsinites for many months. He’ll just issue another mandate they claim.
That’s possible. If not, local officials can maintain their own mask mandates. With so many of them run by Democrats it seems mask requirements may not be going away, depending on where you live.