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WI Supreme Court Lawsuit Decision

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On Wednesday evening, the WI Supreme Court made a 4-3 decision to strike down Governor Evers and DHS Secretary Andrea Palm's "Safer at Home" order extension. Please continue to the next section for the impact this decision has on the 52nd District.

Wisconsin Going Forward

The Supreme Court's ruling immediately lifted all restrictions of Emergency Order #28. All restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed by the DHS order have been lifted, but the ruling kept in place the closure of schools until fall. Some local units of government, primarily county health departments, have put additional restrictions in place. However, since this local authority is derived from the same statutory section (252.02) as the Supreme Court's ruling, it is unclear if such orders can stand.

Fond du Lac County's Health Department had issued a local order on March 20, but it was rescinded yesterday in light of the Court's ruling. Statements from Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney and Health Officer Kim Mueller can be found in this press release. District Attorney Toney noted that he "will not be enforcing any violations of Safer at Home orders and will be dismissing any currently-filed Safer at Home violations." Health Officer Mueller still strongly recommends "all businesses and community members to practice preventative measures and use the County Health Department’s guidance for businesses reopening...customers should also practice social distancing when they enter establishments, wash your hands frequently and wear a face covering when possible."

Legislative leadership spoke with Governor Evers on a Thursday morning conference call to begin discussion of an exit plan that meets the requirements of the court's decision. The result of the meeting was that the Governor began the process of forming an "emergency rule" by producing a scope statement (a general statement of intent) through the DHS. The scope statement will begin its 10-day public review period on May 18.

In regards to other emergency orders that the Governor jointly signed with the DHS Secretary, such as the ban on evictions and foreclosures, the 52nd District office will be in contact with the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau in the coming days to determine how other jointly signed orders are affected by the WI Supreme Court decision. Any updates on those matters will be posted on my future E-updates and social media.

Fond du Lac-area residents have done excellent work in holding down the spread of the virus as our health facilities prepared for this day. As the state begins the process of returning to a more familiar lifestyle, I am confident of the good, moral nature of the people to look out for each other. Continue to employ good hygienic practices of hand washing and sanitizing. Observe recommendations of physical distancing where practical. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call (844) 225-0147 for advice on how to proceed.

Reopening Safety Guidelines for Businesses and Employees

Although the state has largely reopened, COVID-19 has not gone away. I trust that local proprietors will continue adhering to guidelines provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Envision Greater Fond du Lac by opening their businesses in a safe and responsible manner.

These organizations have worked with a range of stakeholders to compile a series of general and industry-specific documents containing guidelines to help Wisconsin employers get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety.

If you are concerned about your workplace's safety measures to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, the Department of Workforce Development put together a list of resources for you to use.

National Salvation Army Week

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This week is National Salvation Army Week. 2020 is also The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac's 130th anniversary of serving the community. Towards that measure, I put together a video (click on picture to watch) to congratulate and thank them and note the charitable work they do for Fond du Lac.

If you have helped The Salvation Army or been part of their mission, they would like to hear your story.

For their response to the COVID-19 crisis, please use this link.

National Police Week

This week is also National Police week. I would like to thank all of law enforcement for their work in keeping our communities safe every day!

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, May 15 – NASCAR Day
  • Saturday, May 16 – Armed Forces Day
  • Sunday, May 17 – World Baking Day
  • Monday, May 18 – I Love Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Day
  • Tuesday, May 19 – Dinosaur Day
  • Wednesday, May 20 – World Bee Day
  • Thursday, May 21 – Ascension Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!