Wisconsin Assembly OKs virus bill in first virtual session

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a sweeping coronavirus relief bill in the Legislature’s first virtual session.

About two-thirds of the Assembly’s 99 members participated in Tuesday afternoon’s session via videoconference out of fears of contracting the virus. A handful of lawmakers sat in the Assembly chamber, all separated by at least 6 feet.

The session got off to a slow start as the chief clerk tried to call the roll but the body ended up approving the bill 97-2.

Speaker Robin Vos discussed those who have died from the coronavirus and their families during his floor address.

“No one knows what the long term impact of the virus will be, but the short term impact on the budget will be extremely challenging,” said Vos.

The Senate is holding a similar session Wednesday to send the bill to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. As of Tuesday, the coronavirus had killed 170 people in Wisconsin.

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