State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2020
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Court Halts Evers’ Gathering Restrictions & Legislature Demands Rule

On Wednesday, a Sawyer County judge issued a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of Governor Evers’ indoor gathering restrictions that he issued last week. The Wisconsin Tavern League had sought relief from Evers demanding no more than 25% capacity for indoor public places. The court will hear arguments about a permanent injunction on Monday, October 19.  
Also, this past Monday, the legislature’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) also took action to end the Indoor Gatherings Restrictions. JCRAR exercised its statutory authority to demand the indoor gathering restriction order be issued as a rule, which would give the legislature jurisdiction over the order. This would allow JCRAR to strike or alter the rule as it sees fit.

Important Voting Reminders/Deadlines


The deadline to register to vote online passed on Wednesday. The good news is you can still register to vote in person until October 30th and on Election Day.

Early voting (in-person absentee voting) begins on Tuesday the 20th and runs through Sunday, November 1st. Call your local clerk or go to your municipality’s website to learn about locations and hours.

You can still request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. For most voters, the deadline is October 29th. Indefinitely confined voters and military voters can request a ballot until the 30th.
Finally, all absentee ballots must be returned AND RECEIVED by the municipal clerk by 8pm on Election Day. This deadline is currently being appealed to the United States Supreme Court, and may be extended, but as of right now absentee ballots must be received by 8pm on November 3rd.

COVID-19 Update


As the weather begins to cool, and flu season comes upon us, I think it is important for people to understand some of the major differences between COVID-19, the common cold, flu, and other allergies. Experiencing a cough or sore throat does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. Also, it is important to know that sneezing or having a stuffy nose is an extremely rare symptom of COVID-19. The number one indicator of COVID-19 remains the loss of taste or smell. Understanding these differences should temper people’s fear, and potentially mitigate a large number of people seeking medical attention or COVID-19 tests for symptoms unrelated to COVID-19.
Please check out the graph above, provided by the Kenosha County Division of Health, comparing and contrasting the different symptoms of COVID-19, the common cold, influenza, asthma, and seasonal allergies.

COVID cases are still high throughout the state and in our area. It’s a good reminder to limit your trips outside your home, your social gatherings, and to maintain social distancing.
My office touched base with our local hospitals this week, and the good news is that they aren’t overwhelmed with COVID patients. Unfortunately, our local hospitals are still crowded with other patients and feeling a pinch. This is due to a combination of factors, including the time of year and staffing shortages.

Friend of Grocers Award 2019-2020

Pictured L-R: Senator Senator Van Wanggaard, Dave & Kathy Spiegelhoff, Gooseberries.

Earlier this week, I received the “Friend of Grocers” Award from the Wisconsin Grocers Association. The award was presented at Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington.

The “Friend of Grocers” award is given to legislators who score highly on the WGA’s Legislative Report Card – an extensive study of all legislators’ performance in the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Lawmakers are graded according to their actions on certain issues that are especially important to the grocery industry, including: alcohol pickup and delivery, personal property tax repeal and several other key business issues. This is the second Friend of Grocers Award I have received.

Thank you Wisconsin Grocers Association!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Wishing my mom a very happy birthday. Monday, October 19th would have been her 99th birthday. 

Also wishing my sister, Vicki, a very happy belated birthday!

Happy birth week! 

Issue 198
October 16th, 2020

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21st Senate District 

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Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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