Lawsuit seeks repeal of Wisconsin governor’s mask mandate

Gov. Evers
Gov. Evers(DHSWI)
Published: Aug. 25, 2020 at 10:27 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2020 at 11:40 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed by a conservative law firm that seeks overturn Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate issued by Gov. Tony Evers.

The lawsuit filed by Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of three western Wisconsin residents argues that Evers did not have the legal authority to issue the order.

It took effect Aug. 1 and is scheduled to run until Sept. 28. Wisconsin is one of 34 states with such an order designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Several other state orders also face legal challenges.

Two Polk County residents and one in St. Croix County filed the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Evers’ Office said the administration is sure that requiring masks and face coverings will help save lives. Deputy Communications Director Britt Cudaback accused “Republicans and their allies” of preventing the executive branch from keeping people safe.

“From safer at home to the April election and now masks, they’ve filed more lawsuits than they have passed bills during this pandemic,” Cudaback said.

Cudaback went on to say the administration would continue to consult with public health experts and relying on science when making decisions about battling the pandemic.

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