|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|October 27, 2017|
|Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839|
|Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits|
Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting
|MADISON – Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #261 today prohibiting state agencies from contracting with any business entity that discriminates against Israel. The executive order was issued as Governor Walker leads a 15-member trade delegation to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The trade mission runs through November 2.|
“We stand firmly against discrimination in any form and we wholly support our friends in Israel,” said Governor Walker. “I look forward to leading a trade delegation to Israel to foster new trade partnerships between Wisconsin and Israeli businesses.”
Wisconsin and the State of Israel enjoy a robust trading relationship, with Wisconsin exporting over $80 million annually to Israel and importing over $200 million annually from Israel.
In addition, Governor Walker supports a bill co-authored by Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Brookfield) and Representative Dale Kooyenga (R – Brookfield) which would prohibit any entity in state government or local government from adopting a rule, ordinance, policy, or procedure that involves the entity in a boycott of Israel, or a boycott of a person doing business in Israel or in a territory under Israeli jurisdiction. The bill also requires that state contracts for materials, supplies, equipment, and services include a provision that the vendor is not currently participating in and will not participate in a boycott of Israel during the contract. (Senate Bill 450 and Assembly Bill 553)
A copy of Executive Order #261 is attached.