COVID-19 Wisconsin Update – March 24, 2020

Gov. Evers Issues Safer at Home Order
Hamilton Consulting Group
 March 24, 2020
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Gov. Tony Evers has issued a new emergency order directing all individuals in Wisconsin to stay at home, limiting non-essential travel, and ceasing all non-essential business operations. Read more below.

This edition of Hamilton Political Tidbits also includes updates on Wisconsin elections and other news in Wisconsin state government. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact a member of the Hamilton Consulting team

We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time. 

Hamilton Consulting Resources Page: COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Gov. Evers Issues Safer At Home Order

This morning, Gov. Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12, the "Safer at Home" order, directing all individuals in Wisconsin to stay at home, limiting non-essential travel, and ceasing all non-essential business operations. The order is effective 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 24 through Friday, April 24.

The order directs all individuals in Wisconsin to stay at home. Persons may leave their home to:
  • Obtain health care
  • Obtain necessary supplies
  • Engage in outdoor activity complying with social distancing requirements
  • Perform work at essential business operations
  • For any safety reasons
The order also directs all non-essential business and operations to cease. Essential businesses to remain open include the federal guidance on essential workforce and:
  • Health care and the health care supply chain
  • Food supply chain
  • Other stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Restaurants and bars for take out and delivery only
  • Construction
  • Building management and maintenance
  • Airports
  • Utilities
  • Transportation services
  • Communications services
  • Child care, in accordance with emergency order #6
  • Charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Financial institutions and services
  • Other "critical trades" as defined in the order
  • Mail services
  • Professional services, including legal and insurance services
  • Manufacturing of critical products and industries
Businesses are encouraged to consult to determine if they are considered an essential operation eligible to remain open.

All forms of non-essential travel are prohibited.

Essential government functions, including first responders and emergency management and the Legislature, remain open.
Other COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Hamilton Consulting has created this website to direct clients and colleagues to the latest information on how Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin state agencies, and the Legislature are responding to COVID-19. Please keep in mind that the situation is quickly evolving, and the Hamilton Consulting team will try to keep this page as updated as possible. If you have any additional questions, 
Wisconsin Spring Elections April 7

As of right now, Wisconsin still plans to hold regular spring elections on April 7, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns Gov. Tony Evers and other state and local officials are encouraging voters to request absentee ballots. (A federal judge extended the deadline to request a mail-in ballot to April 2.)
On the ballot in April are an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the presidential primary, and many local races.
Wisconsin Court of Appeals Rules in Voter Registration Lawsuit

In Zignego v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (2019AP2397/2020AP112), the Court of Appeals District IV overturned a circuit court order mandating the Wisconsin Elections Commission deactivate the registrations of Wisconsin voters who had recently moved and failed to timely apply for continuation of registration.
Gov. Evers Appoints New PSCW Commissioner

On March 11, Gov. Tony Evers appointed Tyler Huebner to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). Huebner, formerly executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, replaces Mike Huebscsh, who retired from the PSCW in February.
DNR Stakeholder Meeting on PFAS Rules

On March 23, 2020, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held its second stakeholder meeting on rules to set water standards for PFAS chemicals in Wisconsin (agenda).

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News Clips
Assembly lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus: Wisconsin State Journal, March 23, 2020.

Health systems track ventilators, masks and gowns: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, March 23, 2020.
DHS: 416 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Public Radio, March 23, 2020.

Utilities and Energy
Economic Development
Internet providers to increase bandwidth due to COVID-19: Watertown Daily Times, March 24, 2020.
SBA to hold web sessions about relief during epidemic: Ashland Daily Press, March 23, 2020.

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