Updated: COVID-19 Orders and Current Challenges

Wisconsin continues to shatter daily records for COVID-19 cases and deaths. Despite litigation challenging his ability to issue subsequent public health emergencies, this week, Gov. Evers announced he plans to extend the statewide mask mandate through mid-January. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in before then with a decision that could leave the governor will […]

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Round 2 of COVID-19 Legislation Begins

On Tuesday November 17, Governor Evers released another COVID-19 response legislation. The omnibus bill includes several policy proposals that were included the state’s initial COVID-19 bill (2019 Act 185) from earlier this year. In addition, the governor is proposing $541 million in spending to continue the current pandemic response efforts such as COVID-19 testing, contract […]

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COVID-19 Orders and Current Challenges

The election is less than 8 days away and COVID-19 remains as the top issue both in the state and nation. Here in Wisconsin, there has been a significant uptick of cases. Gov. Evers has issued emergency orders to address the pandemic and faces numerous legal challenges. This legal push and pull on COVID-19 policies […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Release of Businesses Connected to COVID-19 Cases; Temporary Restraining Order Issued

On Oct. 1, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) filed suit in Waukesha County seeking an injunction to prevent the Evers’ administration from releasing names of businesses who have had at least two employees test positive for Covid-19 – regardless of where the employees contracted the virus. Later that day, a Waukesha County circuit judge issued […]

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Governor Evers Issues Emergency Order to Provide Flexibilities for Health Care Workforce

On Oct. 1, Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #2 to provide make it easier for out-of-state health workers to work in Wisconsin. The order provides temporary interstate licensure reciprocity, extends licenses that may expire during the federal emergency declaration for 30 days after it ends, and allows health care providers with a recently lapsed license […]

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Governor Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency Extends Statewide Requirement to Wear Masks until November 21

On September 22, Governor Evers declared a new public health emergency in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. Executive Order #90 proclaims a new public health emergency, effective immediately and remaining in effect for 60 days, or until revoked by the Governor or by joint resolution of the Legislature. Litigation is ongoing […]

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Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Policing Accountability and Transparency; Legislature Responds

In response of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, on August 24, Gov. Evers called a special session of the legislature to address policing accountability and transparency to begin on August 31, 2020. The Senate and the Assembly gaveled in for the special session but met in “skeletal session,” meaning they did not actually […]

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Governor Evers’s Task Force on Climate Change Wraps Up Public Comment

The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, headed by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, has been meeting periodically since December 19, 2019. Overall, the task force is charged with advising the governor in developing a strategy on climate change by: Evaluating the science surrounding the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin citizens and the environment. Reviewing […]

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Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

On July 30, Gov. Evers declared a public health emergency effective for the next 60 days (or until it is revoked by Gov. Evers or by action of the Legislature). Pursuant to the declaration, the governor issued a statewide requirement for all persons to wear masks. The statewide mask requirement goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August […]

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Governor Evers Directs State Agencies to Identify More Savings

On July 22, Gov. Evers announced a directive for state agencies to identify $250 million in additional savings for the current fiscal year (FY 20-21). This is the second round of cuts by the administration to manage state expenditures, as state revenues are down due to pandemic. In April, the governor ordered a five percent […]

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