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Republican moves to block UW virus testing, vaccination rules

Courtesy: State Senator Steve Nass
Courtesy: State Senator Steve Nass(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 11:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 10:45 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state.

The move from state Sen. Steve Nass comes as health officials sound warnings about the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant.

Nass says he will be moving to require the university to get approval from the Legislature before enacting any virus-related regulations. Nass co-chairs the Legislature’s GOP-controlled rules committee, which he says will meet next week to take up his proposal.

U.W. System president and former state governor Tommy Thompson released a statement in response, “Given my experience as a former United States Health and Human Services Secretary, I know the biggest threat to in-person classes this fall would be actions that strip the UW System of the tools it has so successfully used to date to address outbreaks and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Just as we have this past year, the UW System will continue to use its authority to take nimble and reasonable steps that enable us to keep our campuses open for the education students need, parents expect, and Wisconsin deserves.”

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