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A Year of Vetoes:  Let's take a look at all of the bills Governor Evers vetoed in 2021

A Year of Vetoes

Assembly Bills

AB 001 - provides state government actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including autopsies of the death of an inmate, civil liability exemptions, full-time open enrollment, school board reports on virtual instruction, addressing the unemployment claims backlog, and allowing municipalities to wave interest and penalties on late property taxes 

 

AB 023 - prohibits the Department of Health Services and local health officers from requiring individuals to receive a vaccine against COVID-19

 

AB 024 - prohibits local health officers from closing or forbidding gatherings in places of worship to control outbreaks and epidemics of COVID-19

 

AB 059 - increases the income eligibility for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, and allows a pupil to submit full-time open enrollment applications to an unlimited number of nonresident school districts

 

AB 068 (Vetoed in part) - contains the governor's recommendations for appropriations for the 2021-23 fiscal biennium

 

AB 173 - prohibits officials and agents of a county, city, village, or town from applying for or accepting any donation or grant of moneys, equipment, materials, or personnel from an individual or nongovernmental entity for purposes of election administration, except as expressly authorized under the statutes relating to elections

 

AB 191 - beginning with the property tax assessments as of January 1, 2021, items of personal property, such as vehicles, machinery, and stocks and bonds, will not be subject to the property tax

 

AB 232 - requires the Department of Revenue, in conjunction with the counties and municipalities, to provide payments to every property taxpayer in this state equal to approximately 10% of the property taxes levied on the person's real property in 2020

 

AB 233 - requires the Department of Revenue to provide grants to businesses in this state that had total sales in 2019 of less than $7 million and suffered economic damage as a result of COVID-19

 

AB 234 - requires the Department of Tourism to award grants to nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is the promotion and development of tourism in Wisconsin

 

AB 235 - requires the governor to allocate $50,000,000 of the funds accepted under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for any WEDC economic development program

 

AB 236 - requires the governor to direct $150,000,000 from the moneys received under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for DHS to distribute to nursing homes and assisted living facilities

 

AB 237 - requires the governor to allocate federal moneys provided to this state, including moneys provided under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, for one or more deposits into the state unemployment reserve fund

 

AB 238 -  requires the Department of Transportation to administer a local highways and bridges supplement program

 

AB 239 - requires the governor to allocate $500,000,000 of the federal funds received by the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to make broadband expansion grants to underserved areas

 

AB 240 - the Department of Military Affairs must administer any current or future statewide public safety interoperable communication system, and allow DMA to enter agreements for maintenance and upgrades of the system

 

AB 241 - requires the governor to allocate $250,000,000 of the funds accepted under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to retire public debt in the 2021-22 fiscal year

 

AB 243 - requires the governor to allocate funds accepted under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for certain environmental purposes such as lead service line replacement, nonpoint source programs, and grants for well testing and public education

 

AB 293 - requires Wisconsin firearms manufacturers to include a stamp on the firearm that reads “Made in Wisconsin" or a similar stamp. Under this bill, a firearm, accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured in this state and that does not leave this state is not subject to federal regulation under the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

 

AB 336 - requires the governor and the secretary of workforce development to terminate Wisconsin's participation in federal programs that provide or supplement unemployment benefits to workers in this state otherwise ineligible for unemployment insurance; and prohibits DWD from waiving the work search requirement for any reason that is related to COVID-19

 

AB 367 - authorizes the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to award a loan of up to $50,000,000 to the Consolidated Cooperative for the purchase of the Verso Paper Mill in the city of Wisconsin Rapids

 

AB 369 - states that counties have until February 22, 2022, to adopt tentative county supervisory district plans based on the 2020 federal decennial census; municipalities may not adopt new ward plans sooner than April 15, 2022, nor later than May 15, 2022; and that each final county supervisory district plan adopted on the basis of the 2020 federal decennial census must be adopted within 60 days

 

AB 383 - prohibits a school district from being a member of an interscholastic athletic association in the 2021-22 school year unless, for the 2021-22 school year, the association allows an exception to the association's transfer rules based on the manner in which educational programming was delivered during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years

 

AB 407 - creates a Legislative Human Resources Office (LHRO), a nonpartisan legislative service agency, headed by a director appointed by The Joint Committee on Legislative Organization 

 

Senate Bills

SB 016 -  requires any health care provider present at the time an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive

 

SB 038 - requires the governor to submit to the legislature by February 28, 2021, a plan for when all state employees will return to in-person work at the offices of their agencies

 

SB 039 - allows a pupil who attends a virtual charter school to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in the pupil's resident school district

 

SB 119 - provides that if a municipality decreases its budget dedicated to the law enforcement workforce, the municipality will receive a county and municipal aid payment that is reduced by the amount of the budget decrease

 

SB 125 - allows an individual to subtract the tuition expenses paid by the individual for themselves or their dependent to participate in an apprenticeship program that is approved by the Department of Workforce Development

 

SB 170 - an organization conducting a paddlewheel raffle must comply with certain requirements, including that the organization must determine the winning number or prize by the position of the pointer when the vertical wheel stops spinning

 

SB 183 - increases the legislature's role in approving the expenditure of federal funds that are received by the state that relate to COVID-19 activities

 

SB 203 - allows a voter to use a for-profit commercial delivery service that moves parcels

nationally and internationally to return an absentee ballot application; an absentee ballot must be returned by mail or by the voter, a member of the voter's immediate family, or the voter's legal guardian to the office of the municipal clerk; allows a municipality to designate a site other than the municipal clerk's office as a location for a voter to return his or her completed absentee ballot; and prohibits a person, other than immediate family or legal guardian, from delivering a marked absentee ballot from another person to the municipal clerk or polling place

 

SB 204 - absentee ballot reform relating to: applications for absentee ballots; automatic receipt of absentee ballots; photo ID requirements for absentee voters; and unsolicited mailing or transmission of absentee ballots or applications

 

SB 210 - requires the municipal clerk, chief inspector, and board of canvassers to provide election observers uniform and nondiscriminatory access to all stages of the election process, including recounts

 

SB 212 - provides that election officials cannot: intentionally assist or cause the casting or counting of a vote or the receipt of a registration that the election official knows is invalid; intentionally assist or cause a vote or registration to be rejected when the election official knows the vote or registration is valid; or intentionally fail to promptly report election fraud committed by another election official



SB 292 - states that if a municipality broadcasts canvassing proceedings live in any election, including by live stream on the Internet, the municipality must record the broadcast, and the municipal clerk must retain the recording for 22 months

 

SB 454 - replaces the current reading readiness assessment program with a three-tiered early literacy screening program

 

SB 463 - requires each school board to post on the home page of its Internet site information related to learning materials and educational activities used in pupil instruction in the school district and any procedure or policy in effect that applies to the documentation, review, or approval of such learning materials or educational activities

 

SB 503 - prohibits the Department of Health Services from certifying, and requires DHS to decertify by July 1, 2022, a provider under the Medical Assistance program that is a private entity that provides abortion services or is an affiliate of a person that provides abortion services

 

SB 591 - requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be provided to a woman that is planning to have an abortion induced by the abortion-inducing drug regimen 

 

SB 592 - requires physicians who administer a prenatal or postnatal test for a congenital condition and receive a positive test result to ensure the parent or expectant parent of the child with the positive test result receives certain educational resources on the congenital condition made available by DHS

 

SB 593 - prohibits a person from performing or inducing or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a woman if the person knows the woman is seeking an abortion solely because of the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the unborn child or solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with or has a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome or another congenital disability

 

SB 621 and 622 - redistricts, according to the number of inhabitants, the legislative districts of this state based on the results of the 2020 federal decennial census of population

 

Each of these bills had a public hearing, testimony, and debate in committee and passed both houses of the legislature in identical form. The bills that Governor Evers has vetoed are a true testament to his character. Governor Evers chose to veto the bills most crucial to our state in this time of unrest. By backing mandates, masks, and vaccines, he chooses to ignore every Wisconsinites’ unalienable right to individual liberty and medical freedom. The right to work has also been under attack for state employees as Governor Evers has chosen to veto a bill designed for him to provide a plan for state employees to resume in-person work at the offices of their agencies.

The right to the freedom of school choice is also under attack by Governor Evers as he has made it a priority to veto key bills on the reporting of virtual instruction, school choice by the pupil with full-time open enrollment applications, and also blocking virtual learners from participating in athletics for their local school district. Governor Evers has also made clear his disregard for the right to life, blocking multiple pro-life bills including a bill tailored to prohibit an individual from terminating a pregnancy solely because of the race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or has a potential diagnosis of a congenital disability. Other bills Governor Evers has vetoed on abortion include actions for providers to do everything in their power to save a child who may have been born early due to an attempted abortion, and requiring abortion providers to disclose complete information to the patients regarding their abortion and abortion-inducing drugs.

Overall, Governor Evers has demonstrated to the citizens of Wisconsin his favor of government overreach by vetoing key bills that protect individual liberty, school choice, and our unalienable rights.