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More than two dozen GOP lawmakers have signed onto a joint resolution that would overturn the latest public health emergency Gov. Tony Evers issued.

If approved, it would also undercut the third mask mandate he’s put in place since July to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Sen. Julian Bradley, R-Franklin, tweeted last night he co-authored the resolution with Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater. Bradley’s office referred questions on whether the resolution will be on Tuesday’s calendar to the office of Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.

A spokesman for the Oostburg Republican didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment late yesterday.

The co-sponsors include Senate President Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield.

The resolution, which would have to pass both houses to end the public health emergency, declares the guv had no authority to sign the executive order because the Legislature hadn’t extended his original declaration that was issued in March.

Under state law, guvs can issue a public health emergency for 60 days, and a joint resolution of the Legislature is needed to extend it. Evers has argued the additional public health emergencies he’s declared are unique and therefore allowed under state law. Republicans have countered they all flow from the same pandemic and thus he can only issue one declaration.

The state Supreme Court has heard arguments on the issue and could issue a ruling any day.

Read the resolution:
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2021/proposals/reg/sen/joint_resolution/sjr3

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