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Thompson Won't Give Lawmakers Control of UW's COVID Policies


University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson is pushing back against Republican lawmakers who claim campuses need their permission to implement COVID-19 policies.

A key Republican lawmaker promised to pursue a lawsuit if Thompson won't abide.

UW campuses implemented a range of protocols this month heading into the fall semester, including mask and testing mandates.

Republican lawmakers responded by voting to block the system from implementing any COVID-19 policies without approval from the Legislature's GOP-controlled rules committee.

Thompson said Tuesday that the system doesn't need political approval for every internal management decision and legally controls access to its buildings and facilities. 

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