As issues continue to develop and change at a quick rate with COVID-19, the Coronavirus, we at the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) are working alongside Governor Tony Evers, the Administration, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and our general counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., (von Briesen) to provide the latest resources and updates to assist county officials during this unprecedented time.


April 2, 2021

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Fabick v. Evers. As you may recall, the case involved a challenge to the Governor’s ability to declare successive states of emergency based upon similar underlying emergency conditions – i.e., the COVID-19 pandemic.  Essentially, Mr. Fabick asked the Court to declare the Governor’s […]

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March 31, 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) into law on March 11, 2021. In simple terms, the ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal spending package intended to provide economic and other relief related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In addition to the subsidy payments made to local governments, the ARPA contains many […]

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Q & A: Virtual Meetings Policies and Best Practices

February 2, 2021

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly following the various county emergency orders the pandemic necessitated, many county boards moved their board and committee meetings to a virtual platform. While some in-person meetings have resumed, several counties continue to conduct at least some of their meetings virtually in light of current health and […]

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2021 Senate Joint Resolution 3: Terminating COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

February 2, 2021

On January 19, 2021, Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #104 (“EO #104”) declaring a public health emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. EO #104 is the latest in a series of Executive Orders dating back to July 30, 2020 that were primarily intended to impose a face covering mandate throughout the state. Each Executive […]

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COVID-19 Legal Resources: Q&A, Sample Resolutions, Templates, Legal Updates

January 31, 2021

Working alongside the Wisconsin Counties Association, WCA General Counsel von Briesen & Roper, s.c. has created a series of legal updates, some in a Q & A format, on various topics. As they are released, they will be added to this page.

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Q and A: Election Recount Processes and Procedures During a Pandemic

November 16, 2020

In light of the close presidential election results in Wisconsin, county and municipal clerks throughout the state are preparing for a potential election recount. The Wisconsin Counties Association and its general counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., have received many questions surrounding election recount procedures, particularly surrounding what safety measures may be implemented in light of the ongoing pandemic.

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WCA Public Health Guidance; Supplemental Guidance Released

October 15, 2020

The Wisconsin Counties Association has released “Guidance in Implementing Regulations Surrounding Communicable Diseases: An Analysis of Local Health Department and Local Health Officer Powers, Duties, and Enforcement Actions.”

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Temporary Restraining Order Prohibits DHS From Enforcing Emergency Order #3

October 14, 2020

On October 14, 2020, the Sawyer County Circuit Court issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits DHS and its agents from enforcing Emergency Order #3. Learn more and see the new “Supplement to Guidance: Enforcement of Local Health Orders Utilizing Process Set Forth in Administrative Code.”

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