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Wisconsin Democrats Threaten To Skip Assembly Inauguration

Speaker Robin Vos Said Lawmakers Would Be Asked To Wear Masks, But Not Required To

Wisconsin Assembly chamber
Royan Broll (CC-BY-SA)

Wisconsin Assembly Democrats might skip inauguration next week because Republicans aren’t requiring masks in the chamber.

Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says there’s no need to attend in person and risk spreading the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers swore in all 38 Assembly Democrats virtually on Monday so they don’t need to attend next week’s ceremony to start their terms.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a statement Wednesday that lawmakers would be asked to wear masks during the new two-year session but didn’t say they would be required.

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