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Senate Joint Resolution-3

 

 

The Despite the challenges presented by this pandemic, it is vital that state government continue to follow the letter of the law. When the pandemic first began to emerge, the legislature deferred to Governor Evers and his judgement when issuing his initial emergency order of 60 days. Unfortunately, since then the governor has re-issued emergency orders five times and not consulted with the legislature. The Wisconsin Constitution is clear in how emergency orders operate under the law. Wisconsin Statute 323.10 requires extensions of emergency orders through a joint resolution of the legislature. Additionally, through the statutorily defined rule making process, Governor Evers could have extended certain provisions of his orders. Governor Evers chose to ignore the law and so this week the State Assembly joined the State Senate in overturning the current emergency order. The statutorily prescribed process was not followed and I as a legislator must uphold my oath to protect the constitution and laws of the State of Wisconsin.

 

Despite the vote to overturn the emergency order, it is important that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and listen to our public health officials. Opposing government overreach and supporting public health recommendations do not have to be mutually exclusive. Wearing a mask will slow the spread of the virus and I support the right of private businesses to require them on their property. Voting to end the emergency order does not mean that we should not take precautions during the pandemic.

 

That is why my colleagues and I sent a letter to the Governor asking him to go through the legal rule making process if he wishes to continue the mask mandate in certain locations, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and public schools. I will continue to wear my mask inside the Capitol and when I am out in my community. Additionally, my business will continue to require masks to be worn inside. My vote was to uphold the constitution and I will continue to do so on behalf of my fellow Wisconsinites.

 

 


 

Free Covid-19 Testing sites

 

 

An update on where you can get tested for covid-19 is below. Testing for Covid-19 is essential to help slow the spread and push through the pandemic so we can come out stronger than ever than ever.

Columbia County

 

Cambria Fire Department 

12:00pm-6:00pm

February 12th & February 26th

Click here for more information 

Click here to pre-register no sooner than 24 hours prior

 

 

Columbus Water & Light

950 Maple Avenue, Columbus

12:00pm-6:00pm

March 2nd, 2021

Click here for more information

Click here to pre-register no sooner than 24 hours prior

 

 

City of Portage Utility Building

1325 Northridge Road, Portage

12:00pm-6:00pm

February 10th, 2021

Click here for more information

Click here to pre-register no sooner than 24 hours prior

  

Fond du Lac County

 

Fond du Lac County fairgrounds

520 Fond du Lac Ave, Fond du lac

Thursdays 10:00am-6:00pm through March 4th

No appointment necessary. Drive thru-walk up testing is available

Register ahead of time click here.

For more information click here.              

*Testing site may close early due to testing capacity being reached

 

Dodge County

 

1701 N. Spring St. Beaver Dam

Monday's & Wednesday's 10:00am-5:00pm

No appointment necessary/pre-register before arrival

To pre-register click here.