MADISON – Today, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1038 (AB 1038) which addressed Wisconsin’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement:
“Today’s vote marks what should be just a first step to getting help to Wisconsinites during our public health crisis. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves rapidly, we can and must be responsive to unforeseen challenges and needs in our communities.
We must continue to put health and safety first as we work to keep our communities strong, preserve our democracy, and support our businesses. Legislation passed today takes positive steps toward meeting our state’s needs, but more work remains to fully address this crisis and its impact on our families, our communities, and our economy.
Assembly Democrats offered amendments that would have gone further in achieving those goals by providing additional resources for first responders, ensuring healthcare coverage of COVID-19 treatment, expanding support to impacted individuals and small businesses, and making changes to how our elections are administered for the remainder of this year. While these amendments did not pass, I remain committed to building on the legislation that did pass today.
It is clear that a short-term fix is not the answer the people of Wisconsin need. I recognize that the bipartisan legislation we passed today represents a well-needed and significant positive step forward, so let us move forward together and continue to address the needs of the people we represent and do all that we can to act in their best interests during this time of unprecedented challenges.”