Ending the Governor's Unlawful Overreach

 

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In This Issue

  1. Ending the Governor's Unlawful Overreach
  2. COVID-19 Relief Legislation
  3. Unemployment Filing Assistance
  4. In the District
  5. Contacting My Office

Ending the Governor's Unlawful Overreach

The Assembly voted to uphold the rule of law on Thursday by concurring on Senate Joint Resolution 3. The law is clear. The governor cannot continually re-issue a declared state of emergency, but must work with the legislature. 

The Democrats and their allies in the local media would have you believe the vote was about wearing masks. This is far from the truth. The vote ended Governor Evers' perpetual abuse of power in declaring multiple state of emergencies regarding the same topic without regard to the representatives of the people, the State Assembly. 

For my constituents who believe in the efficacy of masks, I signed on to a letter with the majority of the members of the Republican caucus encouraging the governor to follow the law if he wants to implement a mask mandate. This is not an endorsement of the mandate. The letter asks the governor to follow the law. If the governor wants citizens to wear a mask in certain locations or instances, then he can introduce legislation or work through his state agencies in formulating an administrative rule. You can find the letter here

Finally, please know that I oppose a statewide mandate for wearing masks. I personally have no problem with individuals choosing to wear masks, or with businesses requiring employees or customers to wear masks on their premises. It is their right. Please do what is best for you and your family that meets the unique circumstances of your health. 

After the Assembly's action on Thursday, the governor issued a new emergency order. This action reiterates what I have already said, the governor is trying to act unilaterally, without the legislature, in a dictatorial fashion; so the state is in limbo again. 

The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the governor's abuse of power in November. I patiently await the Court's decision to end the uncertainty that the governor has caused by operating outside the scope of law. 

My press release can be found here



COVID-19 Relief Legislation

On Thursday, I voted for Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1) as amended. This legislation is a much needed tool to provide relief and regulatory certainty to our fellow citizens and the business community. The bill builds upon discussions by legislative leaders in the Assembly, Senate, and the Governor's office. 

One item in the amendment I fought especially hard for is the prohibition against employers requiring their employees to take a vaccine. In addition, the amendment will maintain federal dollars to support FoodShare benefits and reaffirms common sense measures to allow places of worship to remain open and protects small businesses from frivolous lawsuits. 

The bill was concurred on by the Senate on Friday and will head to the governor for his signature into law. 

The governor must act within six days (Sundays excepted) of having received the bill. If the governor does not sign or veto the bill within the allotted time, the bill would become law without the governor's signature. 

In the case of a veto, the legislature may override, or pass the bill over the governor's veto by a two-thirds vote in each house. If the legislature does not respond to a veto, it will be sustained.  


Unemployment Filing Assistance

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My office has received dozens of cases of individuals having waited 10+ weeks for their unemployment benefits after filing their initial claim. If you find yourself in this situation, I can submit an inquiry to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) on your behalf.

To get the process started, please e-mail my office at rep.wichgers@legis.wisconsin.gov with all of the following information:

• Full Name of Claimant (Last, First, Middle Initial):
• Address:
• Phone Number:
• Date of UI Application:
• Date of Birth and Last Four Digits of SSN:
• Status of Application (trying to file initial claim, in appeal, etc.):
• Reason for Inquiry (can't get through by phone, unanswered questions, etc.):

If you need to file your initial claim, you may do so here.


In the District

Tonight I will be presenting state citations to the Muskego High School girls tennis team and head coach, Blake Kraussel, for their outstanding athletic achievements. The citations will be presented at halftime of the Varsity boys basketball game at Muskego High School at 7PM. Congratulations to all of the parents and mentors who helped these young ladies achieve their athletic goals last season!


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.