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Republican state senator calls for special session to end mask order

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The reaction to Gov. Tony Evers' statewide indoor mask order was swift from legislative Republicans.

Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) called on Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to immediately call the Legislature back into session to pass a joint resolution ending Evers’ emergency declaration.

"Governor Evers actions today are nothing more than a political stunt to create a partisan fight with the Legislature," Nass said in a statement. "This is not about improving public health. Today’s emergency declaration is all about the November election and the weak performance of Democrats in this state."

Vos said in a statement that he expects legal challenges from citizen groups.

“Local governments have been responding appropriately and increasing precautionary measures as needed. But Wisconsin shouldn’t have a one-size-fits-all mandate," Vos said.

On Thursday, Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence.

The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order.

Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here

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