[Madison, WI] — Senate President Chris Kapenga (R – Delafield) released the following statement  

concerning Governor Evers’ veto of Assembly Bill 995, authored by the Senator, which would allow  parents to opt their child out of wearing a face mask at school, and would also require an option for  in-person classroom instruction: 

“Today, the Governor vetoed a bill that would put the rights of parents above education  

bureaucrats who have forced our children to stay masked, even today, in the classroom. The  Governor says he doesn’t want the Legislature to ‘insert itself in decisions parents and  

educators have been making together,’ but that just shows how out of touch he is! Parents  have not been a part of the decision-making process, they’ve been ignored.  

“The Governor’s veto is indicative of how Democrats really feel about parents and mirrors the  sneering comment of Representative Lee Snodgrass, who said in a now deleted tweet, ‘If  

parents want to have a say in their child’s education, they should home school or pay for  

private tuition out of their family budget.’ 

“Our children continue to suffer because of the arrogant ‘we know better than parents’ 

mentality, and it needs to stop. If Governor Evers truly cared about our children, he would have  signed this bill into law to give parents the right to opt their child out of wearing a mask, and  ensure that in-person instruction is always an option. I’m truly disappointed in his continued  lack of leadership and refusal to buck the establishment and do what seems more than  

reasonable for the people of Wisconsin.” 

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