A state representative is joining other leaders in a call for a special session to block Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' recently issued mask order.
Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) is calling for a special legislative session to block Evers' order, stating that the order "exceeds authority."
"I want to start by acknowledging there are times when wearing a mask makes sense for certain people. Some studies have shown masks may reduce the spread of coronavirus," said Neylon. "Currently, local governments, businesses and organizations already have the ability to require masks. That’s a good thing. These types of decisions are best made at the local level and among members of our communities, schools, businesses, churches and families. A one-size-fits-all policy is not the right approach."
Wisconsin State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) called for an immediate legislative session on Thursday, calling the order "illegal and unnecessary."
“While I believe this extension to be unconstitutional, it’s no secret why the Governor picked Aug. 1 for his order to begin. A conservative judge is being replaced by a liberal judge and he believes his order has a better chance of holding up in court," said Neylon. "Regardless of this calculation, we must not wait to find out. The people of Wisconsin deserve to have their freedom and liberty protected at all costs. We must stop this dangerous power grab. If we don’t, I fear what this governor will do next."
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he expected the order to face a legal challenge, but didn’t say if the legislature would take action.