Wisconsin Senate, Assembly pass multiple measures Tuesday

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 10:37 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Members of the Wisconsin State Senate passed a set of measures limiting some abilities of public health officers in the state.

The four bills include banning the Department of Health Services (DHS) from requiring people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, prohibiting officials from closing places of worship due to the pandemic, banning the DHS from prioritizing inmates from getting the vaccine, and requiring state employees to stop working from home.

The Assembly was also in session where representatives debated if business should be able to deduct taxes on PPP loans.

“This proposal would disproportionately benefit those who got the most PPP money, the bigger businesses who had more employees, more income typically, more expenses,” said Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit).

“These businesses held on; they were able to keep their employees because of the loan they received, they should not be punished for it. Let’s make those winners today and move on with it,” said Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown).

The PPP tax bill passed through the Wisconsin Senate with overwhelming support.

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