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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather, and keeping yourself safe during our continued public health crisis.

This week's COVID-19 Update discusses the Supreme Court's Wisconsin Legislature vs. Palm decision and the Assembly Democrats' plan in light of that decision.  There is also information about Dane County's new drive-thru testing location and continued information on how to seek help with UI benefits if you are running into difficulty speaking to someone at the Department of Workforce Development.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Legislature v. Palm Decision

Assembly Democrats Introduce
COVID-19 Response Plan

Dane County's New Drive-Up Testing Site

Having Trouble with Unemployment Benefits?


Trusted COVID-19 Resources

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Legislature v. Palm Decision

Late Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm which ultimately struck down the state's extended Safer-at-Home Order.

In the face of unprecedented challenges, Wisconsinites have stepped up and made necessary sacrifices to fight the spread of COVID-19.  While we have seen progress in slowing down the virus, we cannot afford to let our guard down now.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling nullifies the extended Safer at Home order, putting in jeopardy all of the progress we have made and leaving our state vulnerable to new and preventable outbreaks. Despite the reckless actions of the Court, we still have the collective power to overcome this pandemic by staying home when possible, continuing social distancing, being vigilant about hand washing and sanitation, and eliminating unnecessary travel.

With no clear statewide guidance, we are left with a patchwork of county and municipal orders, which may provide some protection but are not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 statewide. I know that Wisconsinites are making great personal sacrifices, and the economic impact of this disease has been devastating. While we all wish life could simply go back to normal, our communities and our economy will not fully recover as long as the spread of this disease remains a significant public health threat.

At a time when the Legislature could have been working with Governor Evers to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Republican leadership has spent their time fighting the administration in court. The people of Wisconsin deserve real common sense solutions, not partisan power games.

We are all in this fight together, and it is now more important than ever that we set partisanship aside so we can stay the course and overcome the very real public health and safety threat posed by this pandemic. Wisconsin’s health and economic well-being depend on it.


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Assembly Democrats Introduce COVID-19 Response Plan

Yesterday, my Assembly Democratic colleagues and I introduced a COVID-19 Response Plan. This plan acknowledges that the steps taken when the Legislature convened in April were not enough, and further action is needed to fight COVID-19 to protect our health and safety and our economy. Critical action is needed, and the Legislature should immediately begin the necessary work of helping families and businesses across the state in the face of unprecedented challenges. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our communities, economy, and our way of life.  We currently have no clear statewide guidance, and are left with a patchwork of county and municipal orders, which may provide some protection but are not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 statewide. “It is paramount that the legislature take action to create a framework for Wisconsin to move forward supporting our health and safety and our economic future.

Our plan increases access to healthcare, supports frontline healthcare workers, obtains needed federal funding, and extends public health emergencies to provide Gov. Evers with the tools he needs to combat COVID-19. Additionally, the plan expands low-interest, long term loans and grants for small businesses, offers support for child care workers, school employees, farms, and agricultural producers while implementing eviction protection for businesses and tenants, and also offers a tax-credit for frontline workers. Finally, the plan establishes universal vote by mail and provides resources for the Wisconsin Elections Commission for its implementation.

Now, more than ever, the legislature needs to do everything possible to help the people of Wisconsin through this unprecedented public health crisis. Neither our health nor our economy can fully recover as long as uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 remains a significant threat,” said Rep. Subeck. “The Assembly Democrats’ plan acknowledges there is more work to be done beyond what the Governor and federal government have provided and that waiting to take meaningful action will only make the consequences of this crisis worse.

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Dane County's New Drive-Up Testing Site

Dane County's new drive-up testing site located at the Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713) started specimen collections this week for individuals experiencing symptoms or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Hours are 8 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday. Tests are free. No appointment is necessary. Note - if you have a doctor, contact them first to see if they can test you.

For more information visit: https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/testing

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Having Trouble Receiving Unemployment Benefits? 

If it has been at least three weeks since you submitted your application and you have not received your benefits, my office may be able to help you.

If you are experiencing a different issue with your application, please email Rep.Subeck@legis.wi.gov with the following information: 

  • Full name 
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Issue that needs to be resolved 
  • Status of your application
    • Did you apply online?
    • What date did you submit it?

My staff will send this information to DWD and request that they promptly look into your case. I understand that this is a difficult financial time for many, and I am committed to helping you receive your benefits in a timely manner.

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Department of Health Services COVID-19 Site

CDC COVID-19 Information

Governor Evers's COVID-19 Information Hub

US Department of State Travel Advisories

Dept. of Workforce Development COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization Corona Virus Info

Childcare Resources for Essential Workers

WHA COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update

Public Health Dane County & City of Madison

County & Tribal Health Officials


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