Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Co-chairman of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR), released the following statement announcing his submission of a request to the legislative leadership to commence legal action against the UW System for refusing to comply with the Wisconsin Administrative Rules Law in regard to their Covid-19 mandates:
“The UW System is not merely refusing to follow state law, it is now an agency challenging the constitutional authority of the Legislature. The UW System has offered ever changing spin in regard to their claim of having some mythical independent authority to do whatever they want to adult students and campus visitors.
If the UW System is allowed to act unlawfully simply because it’s temporarily under the leadership of a former Republican governor, then members of the majority party in the legislature are not committed to the rule of law.
When there are disputes between the legislature and state agencies over constitutional governance and the rule of law, we must seek resolution in the courts. I have formally requested Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu commence legal action against the UW System to seek compliance with state law.”
*A copy of the letter is included with this press statement.