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Wisconsin Republicans ‘stand ready’ to kill mask requirement

State law gives the Legislature authority to revoke a governor’s emergency order.
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Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 1:40 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The GOP Senate leader says Wisconsin Senate Republicans “stand ready” to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald stopped short Friday of promising that the Senate would vote to kill the order, which is slated to take effect on Saturday. He also did not indicate when the Senate might convene.

“Republicans in the State Senate stand ready to convene the body to end the Governor’s order, which includes the mask mandate. The Governor has caved to the pressure of liberal groups on this. How can we trust that the he won’t cave again and stop schools that choose in-person instruction this fall? There are bigger issues at play here, and my caucus members stand ready to fight back.”

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald

State law gives the Legislature authority to revoke a governor’s emergency order.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday he expected the order to face a legal challenge, but didn’t raise the possibility of the Legislature taking action.

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