The Wisconsin Assembly approved a pair of measures this week taking aim at the 2020 election and oncoming pandemic relief funds from the federal government. Both measures passed along party lines when the Assembly convened on Tuesday. The resolution regarding the investigation a month after Wisconsin Republicans ordered an audit of the election and a scandal in Green Bay involving private parties playing a central role in its voting procedures. First District Assembly Rep. Joel Kitchens says it is less about changing a result and more about restoring trust in the process after a bitter election.
The Assembly also approved a measure giving them the ability to decide how the state spends its COVID-19 relief funds. The state of Wisconsin is receiving $3.2 billion from American Rescue Plan with another $2 billion-plus going directly to municipalities and counties. Kitchens says the Legislature would like to have a say in how the money is spent after Governor Tony Evers controlled the funds in 2020.
The Wisconsin Assembly also passed measures forbidding vaccine mandates and requiring return-to-work plans to be drawn by the Evers administration.