Gov. Evers says he’ll sign Senate’s COVID-19 relief bill if passed by Assembly

Gov. Tony Evers wearing a mask

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday he’ll sign the State Senate’s COVID-19 relief package if it passes.

Evers said the Senate’s bill “reflects a good faith effort in compromise and bipartisanship.”

The Senate bill is a pared-down version of the Assembly’s bill, removing provisions that would ban local health officials from ordering businesses closed for more than two weeks at a time and block employers from mandating vaccinations.

Evers went on to say the Assembly should pass the bill as soon as possible so he can sign it into law.

“Although it’s not the COVID compromise we originally proposed, AB 1 as amended by the Senate is a good start to support our state’s response to this pandemic,” Evers said. “The Assembly should pass AB 1 as it was amended today and send it to my desk for my signature without delay.”

The announcement comes just hours before Gov. Evers is set to make his annual State of the State address, which is expected to focus on how the state has handled the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year and his plans for 2021.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has not yet commented on the bill passed earlier Tuesday by the Senate.