Republicans will attempt to override a pair of Gov. Evers’ vetoes on COVID-19 bills
MADISON Wis. (CBS 58) -- Assembly Republicans will attempt to override a pair of Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes on COVID-19 bills but mustering up support from Democrats to reach the override threshold will be an uphill battle.
The Assembly wants to override two bills vetoed by Evers that would prohibit employers from mandating the vaccine. Another seeks to ban the closure of churches and other places of worship.
Veto overrides require a two-thirds vote to pass, and Assembly Republicans would need support from Democrats to pull off a successful override of the governor.
Assembly Republicans will also vote on a bill to make it illegal if a sports arena skipped the National Anthem.
The proposal introduced by Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) came after the Dallas Mavericks did not play "The Star-Spangled Banner" before home games earlier this year. Most Wisconsin sports teams -- the Bucks, Packers and Brewers -- already play the song and the bill would not penalize any sports team if they violate the requirement.
State Senate to vote on election bills
Republican lawmakers who introduced a slew of election bills shortly after President Joe Biden took the oath of office, some of those will receive their first votes on Tuesday.
The State Senate will consider proposals to change election laws to prevent election officials from filling in missing information on an absentee ballot, such as a witness signature, and instead require clerks to post a notification online the ballot is incomplete. Another would restrict absentee ballot collect events like Madison’s Democracy in the Park which was widely criticized by Republicans.
Several other election bills are unlikely to get a vote by the Senate without changes in committee and most will likely face a veto by Democratic Gov. Evers.