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April 17th, 2020


Despite the Governor declaring a public health emergency more than a month ago, Republicans have refused to take critical steps needed to deal with the pandemic head on. However, after months of inaction by the Republican majority, both the Senate and the Assembly this week passed a bipartisan bill to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Evers signed the legislation into law on Wednesday, within hours after it passed the Senate. 


This legislation, while imperfect, is both a starting point and a step in the right direction to provide relief to workers, families, businesses, and farmers who are suffering as a result of the pandemic. There is much more work to be done to protect against the long-term ripple effects that COVID-19 will have on our state. 


Legislative Democrats and Gov. Evers are committed to a comprehensive approach to the health, economic, and workforce challenges facing our state. Republicans rejected amendments authored by Democrats in the Assembly and the Senate that would have invested more into grants for small business, increased coverage for COVID-19 testing, increased coverage for telehealth services, a full repeal of the one week waiting period for unemployment insurance, and numerous protections for our elections. Legislative Democrats are committed to supporting Wisconsinites during this unprecedented public health emergency. 


Click here for up to date information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin.


What Democrats are Saying 

​ Democratic Proposals

Democrats are working with local and state leaders to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our state and preventing a greater spread of COVID-19 within our communities.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate held an extraordinary virtual session this week and passed the following legislation: 

AB-1038 COVID-19 Legislation: State government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Passed, 32-0. 


Senate Committees

There were no Senate Committees this week. Here is a link for a full committee schedule. 

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

The Assembly held an extraordinary session and passed the following legislation:

AB-1038 COVID-19 Legislation: State government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Passed, 97-2. 

Assembly Committees

The Assembly did not hold committee meetings this week. The entire committee meeting calendar can be found here

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

 There are no committee hearings scheduled at this time. 

Assembly Committees

There are no committee hearings scheduled at this time. 

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 To view updated committee notices, visit the legislative website and click on Committee Schedule: Wisconsin State Legislature.

 The State Capitol Update is provided by the Senate and Assembly Democratic Caucuses. For additional information, please send an email to WisconsinDemocrats@legis.wi.gov or call toll free: 1.800.385.3385.