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Wisconsin Doctors Back Mask Mandate As Legislature Eyes Repeal

Republican-Authored Resolution Would Overturn Statewide Mask Mandate

voters masked against coronavirus
In this April 7, 2020 file photo, voters masked against coronavirus line up for Wisconsin’s primary election in Milwaukee. Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate would be overturned by the Republican-controlled state Legislature under a resolution that could be voted on as soon as Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Morry Gash/AP Photo

The Wisconsin Medical Society is opposing a Republican-authored resolution in the Legislature that would overturn the statewide mask mandate put in place by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The state Senate plans to vote on the resolution Tuesday.

The Assembly, also in session Tuesday, has not said if it will vote on the resolution. The board of directors for the medical society voted Saturday to support continuation of the mask mandate issued by Evers and oppose the GOP resolution.

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The resolution overturning the mask mandate has 27 co-sponsors in the Legislature, all Republicans.