FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2020
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Flip-Flopper Beth Meyers?
MADISON – Tomorrow, the state Assembly will once again vote to improve care for Wisconsin’s elderly and disabled by voting to override Governor Evers’ veto of Assembly Bill 76. The Assembly will need 66 votes to successfully override the governor’s veto. When the Assembly passed the legislation last May, they reached that threshold with the help of Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield). With access to care on the line with tomorrow’s veto override vote, supporters of the bill are looking to Rep. Meyers for her continued support and vote.
“Communities throughout northern Wisconsin are struggling, just as they were last spring – it’s a problem that unfortunately is not just going to go away,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), who scheduled the veto override vote following frequent request from Assembly colleagues. “Tomorrow’s vote is an opportunity for Rep. Meyers to reassure her constituents that she isn’t willing to flip flop for party politics, and she is still committed to finding ways to curb the CNA shortage.”
Communities across the state are struggling to find and retain CNAs, with northern and rural communities being hit hardest. AB 76 addresses this rising concern by changing Wisconsin’s required training hours to match the federal standard of 75 hours – a number that is used by neighboring states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan.