State Senate session cancelled, extraordinary spring session planned

    Members of the state Senate 2019 (Photo by Melanie Conklin)
    Members of the state Senate 2019 (Photo by Melanie Conklin)

    UPDATED 3/18/20: Tuesday Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) made the call to postpone the Wisconsin Senate’s scheduled March floor session, which would have taken place next week. 

    He also said he and Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) would call an extraordinary session later this spring for the Senate to complete its business and that he had also discussed the matter with Gov. Tony Evers and his staff, indicating that determining what to do for K-12 schools if they remain closed for an extended period of time would be on the top of his agenda.  

    This is out of an abundance of caution for senators, their family members and staff members who may be vulnerable to coronavirus,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “The Wisconsin State Senate will continue to function during this public health emergency. 

    “This coronavirus is a public health issue that should be taken seriously. Wisconsinites must avoid panic and instead listen to the recommendations of health professionals at the federal, state and local levels. Doctors tell us that social distancing and hand washing are effective tools to slow the spread of this virus. I encourage individuals to practice these healthy habits to keep the most vulnerable and high-risk populations among us safe.”

    A question posed to Vos from the Examiner on Monday about precautions he is urging for the Assembly had yet to receive a response by publication time.

    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.