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Sen. Fitzgerald: State Senate ready to “fight back” against mask mandate

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FILE: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Governor Tony Evers & Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

MADISON (WKOW) -- Senate Republicans "stand ready" to strike down Governor Evers mask mandate less than 24 hours after he enacted it.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) suggested in a statement he has enough support in his caucus to convene in session to vote down the mask requirement which goes into effect Saturday.

"My caucus members stand ready to fight back," said Fitzgerald.

In order to revoke the mask order, both the Senate and the Assembly would need a simple majority to pass a joint resolution.

The legislature does have the authority to vote down a governor's emergency order which requires everyone ages 5 and up to wear a mask inside public places.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) did not respond to 27 News request for comment on whether or not his chamber supports the move. Vos raised questions whether or not the order is constitutional but said he won't be suing the governor.

Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) believes the legislature is better suited to challenge the order because it would be a quicker and cheaper process compared to lawsuits.

"There will probably be advocacy groups that file court cases but that's going to take state resources away and if the legislature can convene we'd like to do it that way," Kapenga told 27 News.

"I'm confident we can get it done," he added.

Democratic state Sen. Janet Bewley quickly responded on social media in opposition of Fitzgerald's statement.

A vote by both chambers would be needed, otherwise, the mask order will stand in the meantime.

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