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Another Republican says don’t sue UW over COVID-19 policies

Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay)
Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay)
Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A second Republican legislator says he doesn’t support suing the University of Wisconsin System over its COVID-19 protocols.

Sen. Steve Nass, co-chair of the Legislature’s rules committee, has threatened to sue system officials if they don’t submit their COVID-19 plans to the committee for approval by Thursday.

President Tommy Thompson has refused to capitulate, saying the system has the right to manage itself.

Sen. Robert Cowles issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying he won’t support a legal challenge.

He says tying the system’s hands isn’t in the best interests of local communities or businesses.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke tweeted on Aug. 26 that a lawsuit would only add more confusion during an already stressful time.

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