Medical Freedom, Forensic Audit, Public Hearing on CRT

 

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In This Issue

  1. Medical Freedom
  2. Forensic Audit 
  3. Public Hearing on CRT  
  4. In the District - Olympian Madelynn Bernau 
  5. Contacting My Office

 Medical Freedom  



My good friend and colleague State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following press release today. Here is a link to his statement. 

"Over the past week, I have had many conversations with healthcare workers who are opposed to vaccine mandates being implemented by some healthcare systems in Wisconsin. Once they were hailed as heroes; but now, those who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine might very well find themselves fired from their jobs!"

"I want to encourage the groups that are forming to stick to your principles and don't give in! Based on what I am seeing, it will be impossible for hospital systems to function without you. You are still our heroes even though the executives have made the choice to turn their backs on you. Lead the way in this pandemic. Many companies are watching this battle to see how it plays out. If you stand up for your protection now, others who are considering implementing the vaccination mandate will back off, and you will once again be leading in the protection of our health."

"To those executives who are bowing to the woke culture being pushed by the left, don't underestimate the large number of people who see what you are doing and don't appreciate it. Do the right thing by ending these mandates and protect our heroes."

 

Medical Freedom in our colleges and universities 

On August 5th, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone wrote a letter to faculty and staff stating, "Although a legislative committee voted to block the UW System from enacting COVID-19 restrictions for students and visitors, UW System has affirmed our authority to regulate the health, safety, and welfare of our institutions, and our mask and testing mandates remain in place."

On August 3rd the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) passed a motion that reads: 

JCRAR, pursuant to s.227.26(2)(b), Stats., determines that the policies of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System relating to requirements associated with its response to the Covid-19 pandemic meet the definition of rules under s.227.01(13), Stats., and directs the agency to promulgate its current Covid-19 policies as emergency rules within 30 days, and to promulgate any similar, subsequent policies as emergency rules at the time of their adoption. The requirements subject to this directive include all Covid-19 policies that relate to physical access to system property, as well as all Covid-19 policies under which an individual may be subject to disciplinary action, whether the policies are adopted directly by the agency or by its delegates on a campus-by-campus basis. 

The UW System and its member universities have 30 days to submit a rule. September 2nd is the deadline. UW-Milwaukee has authority over its faculty and staff, but not its students unless an emergency rule is approved by JCRAR. The UW System is considered a state agency per Wisconsin law and therefore, subject to JCRAR and the state legislature. I will continue to update you as to any developments with our state's universities and colleges and their masking and vaccination requirements for students. 

If you are a healthcare worker there are resources and groups who are advocating for your rights. 

Wisconsin Healthcare Employees For Medical Freedom - facebook group

National Vaccine Information Center - nvic.org

Wisconsin United for Freedom - wisconsinunitedforfreedom.org

Attorney Brent Eisberner - Madison, WI - Levine Eisberner LLC

Below is in an update of legislation introduced this session: 

Assembly Bill 1 - "COVID Package" - created immunity from civil liability for a COVID-19-related injury or death in the workplace; prohibited COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers, the Department of Health Services (DHS), and local health officers. 

Governor Evers vetoed on February 5, 2021. 

AB 23 - prohibits DHS and local health officers from requiring individuals to receive a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and any variant or mutation of said virus. 

Governor Evers vetoed on April 23, 2021.

AB 25 - prohibits employers from requiring employees or prospective employees to receive a COVID vaccine or any variant or mutation of said vaccine as a condition of employment. 

Passed the Assembly on March 23, 2021; not taken up by the Senate to date. 

AB 132 - protecting one's privacy in regard to immunization-related mail. 

Passed the Assembly on June 22, 2021; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 299 - "Vaccine Passport" - prohibiting proof of vaccination for COVID-19 as a condition of receiving business and government services. 

Passed the Assembly on June 16, 2021; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 303 - prohibits any business or legal entity in any enterprise in the state from discriminating against any customer, client, or potential customer or client based on that person's vaccination record. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 309 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of vaccination status. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 316 - "Vaccine Passport" - forbids the state and any governmental entity from discriminating against any person based on whether the person has received a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or is able to show proof of having received such a vaccine. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 347 - prohibits UW System institutions and tech colleges from requiring testing for, or vaccination against, the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 


Forensic Audit 


Chairwoman Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) is continuing her investigations into last year's election. I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of her latest actions. You can find her press release here and for more information about what the committee is doing can be found here under the tab Elections Documents. 


Public Hearing on Critical Race Theory 


There will be a joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate Education committees on Wednesday, August 11th at 10AM. One of the bills  receiving a public hearing is the bill I authored, Assembly Bill 411

The hearing will be held at the State Capitol, on the fourth floor, in room 412 East. 

Let your voices be heard and if you cannot make it to the hearing, you can email the committee clerk - Katie.Scott@legis.wisconsin.gov - your comments and they will be distributed to the committee members. 


In the District

I would like to highlight Waterford resident, and now Olympic bronze medalist, Madelynn Bernau!

Madelynn, along with her teammate Brian Burrows, competed in mixed trap at the Tokyo Summer Games. 

Madelynn becomes the first Wisconsinite to win an Olympic trapshooting medal. Congratulations to Madelynn, her family, and all those who contributed to helping her achieve this incredible feat! 



Contacting My Office

My Capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.