Wisconsin Senate to take up virus relief package

Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 13:26:47-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate is poised to pass a sweeping coronavirus relief package in a virtual session.

The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed the legislation Tuesday in the first virtual legislative floor session in Wisconsin history. About two-thirds of the members attended the session via videoconferencing.

The Senate is set to follow suit with a floor session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. the bill would ensure that Wisconsin can capture the $2.3 billion coming to the state under a federal stimulus bill, including higher Medicaid payments and unemployment benefits.

Lawmakers would be allowed to allocate up to $75 million in funding.

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