MADISON, Wis. – Robin Vos, Speaker of the General Assembly and his Republican colleagues, announced Tuesday night that they are taking legislative initiatives to address the ongoing epidemic.
Vos and Assembly Republicans have proposed setting up a $ 100 million fund for the state’s coronavirus response, establishing legal oversight of the vaccine distribution plan, doubling the number of public health workers responding to the coronavirus, requiring personal training by the end of January, offering weekly rapid antigen tests exposing family members to visiting nursing home residents under certain circumstances, and so on.
“After working through ideas and discussions with GOP members of the General Assembly, we created a robust package that meets the critical needs of our state,” Vos said.
The package also includes proposals that limit the powers of local health officials by prohibiting them from imposing closures or capacity restrictions on certain types of businesses, unless the restriction applies equally to all types.
Another proposal would prohibit the Wisconsin Health Service and local health officials from requiring individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The proposal would also prohibit employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated.
The legislative proposals come roughly two weeks after Governor Evers shared the corona virus clearance bill to deal with the pandemic.
“Wisconsin needs a comprehensive response, and Republican Republicans are ready to act before the end of the year,” Vos said. “We are confident that we can work with our legislative colleagues and the governor on bipartisan solutions that the state deserves in this crisis.”
The state legislature has not taken any action against COVID-19 for more than seven months.
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